The meaning and history of Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is one of the birthstone for the month of September
Lapis Lazuli is the gemstone for the 9th anniversary of marriage
Meaning of Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli was thought to come from the stars, with its flecks of gold Pyrite
Lapis Lazuli opens up the third eye and balances the throat chakra. It stimulates enlightenment and enhances dream work and physic abilities, facilitating spiritual journeying and stimulating personal and spiritual power. This stone quickly releases stress, bringing deep peace. It possesses enormous serenity and is the key to spiritual attainment.
Lapis Lazuli is a protective stone that contacts spirit guardians. This stone recognizes psychic attack, blocks it and returns the energy to its source. It teaches the power of the spoken word and can reverse curses or disease caused by not speaking out in the past. This stone harmonizes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Imbalances between these levels can result in depression, disease and lack of purpose. In balance, the harmony brings deep inner self knowledge.
Lapis Lazuli encourages taking charge of life. It reveals inner truth, encourages self-awareness, and allows self-expression without holding back or compromising. If repressed anger is causing difficulties in the throat or in communication, Lapis Lazuli releases these. This stone brings the enduring qualities of honesty, compassion, and uprightness to the personality.
Lapis Lazuli is a powerful thought amplifier. It stimulates the higher faculties of the mind, bringing objectivity and clarity. It encourages to confront truth, whenever you find it, and to accept what it teaches. It aids in expressing your own opinions and harmonizes conflict. It teaches the value of active listening.
Lapis Lazuli bonds relationships in love and friendship and aids expressing feelings and emotions. It dissolves martyrdom, cruelty and suffering. As a gem essence, it dissolves emotional bondage.
Lapis Lazuli alleviates pain, especially that of a migraine headache. It overcomes depression, benefits the respiratory and nervous systems and the throat, larynx and thyroid, and cleanses organs, bone marrow, thymus and the immune system. Lapis Lazuli overcomes hearing loss, purifies blood and boosts the immune system. It alleviates insomnia and vertigo and lower blood pressure.
History and Legend
Lapis lazuli legends are among the oldest in the world. The myth of Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love, and her descent and return from the underworld may date from as early as 4000 BCE. Inanna entered the underworld bearing the insignias of her rank, including a lapis lazuli necklace and rod.
One famous legend states that King Solomon was given possession of a lapis lazuli ring by an angel. This ring allowed him to control an army of demons, which he used to build his temple.
Many ancient civilizations prized lapis lazuli. To them, the stone had religious significance and reflected the high status of their rulers. The Egyptian Pharaoh Osorkon II (874-850 BCE) wore a Lapis Lazuli pendant made from solid gold.
The Lapis Lazuli mines Sara-I-Sand, opened in 700BC in Afghanistan the lapis mines that were producing then are still producing today. They are in fact, the world’s oldest known commercial gemstone sources
At the end of the middle ages lapis Lazuli began to export to Europe where it was ground down into powder and into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive blue pigments. It was used by important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque and was often reserved for the clothing of central figures of their paintings especially the Virgin Mary
- Lapis Lazuli has a hardness of 5-5.5 on the Mohs scale
- Lapis Lazuli was used as the eyebrows of among other features of the funeral mask of Tutankhamun
- The famous painting “Girl with the pearl earrings” (1665) by Johannes Vermeer is painted with Ultramarine, a natural pigment made from Lapis Lazuli
- A carved Lapis Lazuli mountain scene was discovered from the Chinese Qing Dynasty (1644 -1912)
- Lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan where is has been mined for more than 6000 years, but is also found in Siberia, Chile, the U.S., Pakistan, and Canada