All About Lapis Lazuli
Countries of origin: Chile, Italy, USA, Middle East, Russia, Afghanistan
Chemical composition: Sodium calcium aluminosilicate
Hardness on Mohs scale: 5-6
Zodiac Birthstone: Sagittarius, Libra
Month Birthstone: September
Chakra: Throat, third eye, crown
Lapis lazuli, often know as lapis for short is admired for its intense, rich blue colour. This stone contains small particles of pyrite, consequently golden sparkles can often be seen.
Historians believe that for more than 6500 years lapis luzuli has been used by humans. In many ancient civilisations it was very much a treasured gemstone. For example, funeral mask of Tutankhamun contain lapis lazuli. Further more, Cleopatra's used powdered lapis lazuli for her famous blue eyeshadow. These civilisations prized it as much as other gemstones such as sapphires.
Lapis lazuli has been cut into beads, cabochons, inlays and tablets in order to show off its rich, dark colour. In addition to jewellery, this stone was also a popular material for carving; creating objects such as game boards, bowls, dagger handles, hair combs, and amulets.
Lapis was the most expensive pigment available during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It was often reserved for depicting the robes of Angels or the Virgin Mary.
Today, this crystal is available in many forms such as jewellery and decorative ornaments. We love this gorgeous blue crystal at Rafaelle, it's often one of the first ones we use when creating new designs.
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