Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Information
Lapis Lazuli Facts, History and Lore
As its Latin translation indicates, Lapis Lazuli is a “blue stone” found in the West Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, as well as Chile and Russia. Golden flecks of Pyrite or White Calcite may speckle the deep blue color of this royal stone.
Lapis Lazuli has an ancient history, with its use by the Egyptians dating as far back as 3100 B.C. The ancient Egyptians used Lapis in jewelry, but also to decorate the tombs of Pharaohs. They even ground it into powder to use as medicine and eye shadow. During the European Renaissance, Catherine the Great used Lapis as décor, using the stone for walls, doors, mirror frames, and fireplaces.
Lapis is the stone of royalty in more ways than one. Wearing Lapis jewelry can enhance one’s ability to see his or herself from a new perspective, allowing the wearer to pinpoint habitual sabotaging thought patterns. This magnificent stone can also activate the wearer’s “third eye,” increasing intuition and making the mind susceptible to new knowledge via an influx of visionary images. Lapis fosters intellectual capacity and enhances the ability of the wearer to both discern and speak the truth. Some even believe that Lapis Lazuli jewelry can aid in linking the wearer to past lives, particularly those connected to societies who frequently used this beautiful blue stone of royalty.
Metaphysical Properties of Lapis Lazuli
- Enhances inner vision via mental images
- Activates the Third Eye – Intuition & access to Spiritual Guidance
- Increases intellectual capacity
- Helps one discern and speak the truth
- Gives one clearer perspective on life & identify negative thought patterns
- Links one to past lives