Lapis Lazuli is a metamorphosed limestone that contains blue Lazurite. It also contains Pyrite, which adds a golden sparkle, and Calcite which shows up as white flecks. Other trace minerals may be present, too. Lapis is Latin for stone . Both the names Lazuli and Lazurite are derived from the Persian word lazhuward and Latin word lazulum , meaning “blue or heaven” . The best Lapis Lazuli is found in limestone in the Kokcha river valley of Badakhshan province in Afghanistan. The value of lapis lazuli is largely determined by the abundance and colour of the dark intense blue Lazurite. The flecks of pyrite and calcite can either increase or decrease the value, depending upon how much is present in the stone.
Lapis Lazuli has been mined for over 6000 years. Ancients used it extensively in religious ceremonies and as jewelry, amulets and talismans. It was featured prominently in the sarcophagus of King Tut of Ancient Egypt. Rulers wore it for protection, wisdom and inspiration. It was believed to promote clear understanding, deep communication and intuition, balance the thyroid gland and strengthen the neck and vocal cords. This stone was once powdered and mixed with oil to produce the pigment ultramarine , which is seen in the beautiful blues of Renaissance paintings.
In Chakra theory, Lapis Lazuli is associated with both the throat and third-eye chakras . In astrology, it is said to give Sagittarius the power of friendship and help in making decisions. It has a history of alleviating depression, promotes bonding and strengthens idealism. It is also considered a “career stone’; wear it to increase your success.
However you use Lapis Lazuli, whether it be for decoration, jewelry or meditation, it is a beautiful addition to one’s collection.
Article written by Pat Antoniak Registered Nurse-Registered Aromatherapist
and owner of the Natural Comfort Wellness Centre in Tsawwassen, BC.
Did you know ……
- Lapis Lazuli is also found on Baffin Island, Canada
- Blue is the colour associated with the throat chakra (Speak your Truth)
- Red is the complimentary colour to Blue and is associated with the Root Chakra (Trust/Security)