Lapis Lazuli: The Original Blue Stone

The use of Lapis Lazuli has a long history, its lore is some of the most ancient in the world. Lapis Lazuli translates to 'blue stone' in latin, and it is known as the 'original blue stone' by some historians.

Starting in ancient times, Lapis Lazuli has been involved in human history for a very long time. In 1271, Marco Polo wrote about one of the first mines people used to mine lapis. He claimed it was the mine with the "finest azure in the world". Lapis Lazuli was oftentimes referred to as sapphire or azure in those times, however experts now know that lapis is the stone they meant to refer to. In the time of Christ, it was more valued than gold, and it was mentioned in the Bible as being one of the crystals on the high priests breastplate. Lapis was also highly praised by the Egyptian and Roman civilizations, used on the death mask of Tutankhamun in Egypt and painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo.

Among many artistic uses, Lapis Lazuli also had practical uses, such as marking documents and to send messages. The lapis stones were carved into seals, impressions, or religion inscriptions and were rolled across wet clay to leave an impression in it. Some people wore those seals as necklaces. In the 18th century, Lapis Lazuli stones were part of the "gem language" to convey secret messages amongst English and French royalty. Lapis Lazuli could be carved, but also made into powder to create paint colours or makeup. Ultramarine, the colour used for certain parts of the Sistine Chapel painting by Michelangelo, was made from this stone. Some historians believe that Cleopatra had eyeshadow made from lapis powder.

Lapis Lazuli helps a person understand their spiritual journey and develop their intuition. It is a powerful stone to create clarity of mind and communication. It is often called a “truth crystal”, as it also ensures that the words you speak are in alignment with your personal truth. It can also be used to protection an environment when placed in all four corners of a room. This gemstone helps to expand awareness, intellect, increase psychic abilities, overcome depression and relieve anger.  It also a good stone to bring to work because it helps one to aim high at work, attracts promotions, recognition, fame and success. Choosing the lapis stone for you involves picking the one that calls to you, yet the bluer a lapis stone, the more powerful it will be. This gem works with the Third Eye Chakra and is considered to be a Sagittarius birthstone.

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