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LAPIS LAZULI

Overview:Its evocative name is a combination of the Latin word lapis, or "stone," and the Arabian name azul, meaning "blue." Lapis lazuli is composed of grains of several blue minerals, including lazurite and sodalite. Lapis lazuli is a rock composed of a mixture of several different minerals including lazurite, huaynite, sodalite, noselite, calcite and pyrite.

Lapis generally occurs with a speckled and strained consistency, with glittering inclusions of iron pyrite.

The presence of iron pyrite deposits within a lapis lazuli specimen would indicate that is most likely authentic and has not been reconstituted.

Physical Properties:

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli Birthstone

Color
deep blue, purplish-blue, greenish blue
Hardness
5 - 6
Specific Gravity
2.38 - 3.00.
Refractive index
1.50 - 1.55

Sign of Lapis Lazuli :Libra

Usage:Lapis facilitates deep meditation and can be used to journey back into past lives. Lapis Lazuli is a very spiritual stone, which can also be used in ceremonies. It is also said to impart ancient knowledge and wisdom, bringing peacefulness and self-acceptance.

Legend:Lapis lazuli was created millions of years ago in the course of a metamorphosis, turning chalk into marble stone. Persian legend says the sky owes its color to a giant slab of lapis upon which the earth rests. The Romans believed that lapis was a powerful aphrodisiac. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to keep the limbs healthy and free the soul from error, envy and fear.Lapis lazuli was one of the stones in the 'Breastplate of Judgement' of Aaron, described in the Bible.

Occurrence: Afghanistan, Chile, Siberia, Colorado, and Myanmar.