Birthstone – December Anniversary Stone – 9th Zodiac - Taurus, Sagittarius Chakras - Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra Typical colours - deep blue flecked with gold (Pyrite)
Lapis has been highly valued for many thousands of years. The most famous locality for fine quality lapis lazuli is in the same ancient deposit high in the mountains ofAfghanistan where it was originally mined at least 6000 years ago.
Since the earliest of times, lapis lazuli has been associated with strength and courage. The Sumerians believed that the spirit of their gods lived within the stone. That theme was adopted by the ancient Egyptians, who drew a connection between the speckling of the stone and the glittering stars in the night sky. One of the most famous uses of the stone is in the mask of King Tutankhamen, where it is inlaid with turquoise and carnelian in bright gold.
Physicians for ancient Egypt,Sumer and Babylon used lapis for many medicinal purposes, including curing eye cataracts. The connection with the eye may have come from the use of lapis to fashion carvings of a stylized, which was called the Eye of Isis or the All-Seeing Eye of the Goddess Maat. SinceIsiswas said to watch over the dead on their final journey, the lapis eye was placed in the sarcophagus with the mummy. The chief justice ofEgyptwore the Eye of Maat when he rendered judgments.
Ground lapis was the secret of the blue in ultramarine, the pigment which painters used to paint the sea and the sky until the nineteenth century. Which means that all of the beautiful blues in paintings from the Renaissance are thanks to the blue of lapis lazuli; the blue rock loved by the ancients, from Mesopotamia, to Egypt, to Persia, to Greece and Rome. The ancient city of Urhas had a thriving trade in lapis as early as the fourth millennium B.C. The name is international, from the Latin, lapis, which means stone, and from the Arabic, aula, which means blue. When lapis was first introduced to Europe, it was called ultramarinum, which means beyond the sea.
All cultures have used lapis to decorate the statures of the deities. It has always been greatly valued by rules, being used for magical and medicinal purposes.
Metaphysical & Healing Properties:
A stone of protection that may be worn to guard against psychic attacks, Lapis Lazuli quickly releases stress, bringing deep peace. It brings harmony and deep inner self-knowledge. Encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality. Stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one’s truth and inspires confidence. It bonds relationships, aiding in expression of feelings and emotions.
Lapis Lazuli boosts the immune system, purifies blood, lowers blood pressure, cooling and soothing areas of inflammation. It alleviates insomnia and vertigo, and overcomes depression. Lapis Lazuli benefits the respiratory and nervous systems and the throat, vocal chords, and thyroid, cleanses organs, bone marrow and thymus.
Lapis Lazuli is ruled by Jupiter and aids in balancing and cleansing all the chakras. Lapis assists in awaking the Third Eye and for tapping into your intuition and strengthen psychic abilities, but use with care if placed directly on the third eye, as it is quite a powerful stone.
Using mild soap and warm water applied with a soft baby's toothbrush is the best way to clean lapis. Don't soak lapis jewelry for extended periods in any liquid because it permeates and softens the stone. Never place lapis in an ultrasonic cleaner with a commercial cleaning solution. Also, avoid exposing lapis to harsh chemicals like bleach, acetone, ammonia or turpentine because they can destroy any protective coating it has and make it look dull or can even pit the stone.
Store Lapis separately from harder gemstones, as they can scratch turquoise.
Protect jewelry from prolonged sun exposure and extreme temperatures.
Remove jewelry before performing gardening or household tasks or any strenuous activity that may result in damage from chemicals or physical stress.
Do not use commercial jewelry cleaners or ultrasonic cleaners to clean Lapis jewelry. These can damage and discolor the stone.
Do not submerge Lapis in water for any length of time, if this occurs dry using a soft towel.
To prevent silver tarnishing, place jewelry in a sealable plastic bag; for added protection, include an anti-tarnish strip.
To remove any tarnish that does develop, rub clean with a jewelry polishing cloth.
**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. f.Inguz does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.
Information sources: The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003 Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002 Love Is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals by A. Melody, 1991 Healing Crystals: The A - Z Guide to 430 Gemstones by Michael Gienger, 1997 Charms of Light: Healing with Energy, Light and Love by Caryl Haxworth Shimmerlings Firemountain Gems