Lapis Lazuli is a sodium aluminum silicate-rich mineral combined with the metamorphic rock it grows within. You will always find Lazurite within Lapis Lazuli. However, Calcite, Pyrite, and Sodalite can also make an appearance. The name is derived from the Latin word “Lapis” meaning stone and the Persian word “lāzaward” meaning sky or heavens. In ancient times, Lapis Lazuli was incorrectly called Sapphire or the Latin word Sapphirus. The highest quality deposits are found in the Sar-e-Sand deposit in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan's Kochka River Valley. It is important to note that unlike most minerals, Lapis Lazuli is found within caves and not traditional mines. Other localities of Lapis include the Andes in Chile, Canada, Russia, Burma, and the United States.
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Lapis Lazuli is commonly faked due to the popularity its name carries in the new age movement. Aside from buying from trusted dealers, we recommend examining each piece while looking for common impurities. We suggest looking for differentials in each surface and to expect a denser weight due to its formation in a metamorphic rock. Since fake Lapis is often dyed Agate, be wary if the color is a very bright blue!
This mineral has some of the oldest societal uses tracing back to the Mesopotamians where it was traded between the Egyptians. Numerous historical relics have been created from this stone such as the Pillars in Saint Petersburg Cathedral, King Tutankhamen’s Sarcophagus, and the eyeshadow of Cleopatra. Lapis Lazuli was ground into a pigment and used within paintings by famed artists like Leonardo Divinci and Michaelangelo. In the Old Testament, Exodus stood upon a slate stone of Lapis and saw the God of Israel. To say that this stone impacted our planetary society is an understatement. Lapis Lazuli is an energetical building block of knowledge that our world has used since its birth.
Lapis Lazuli is a stone that emboldens the communicative abilities between the mind, throat, and heart. One will shortly begin to find themselves radiating the truth of their emotional body. Lapis Lazuli’s energies promote heightened intellect, inner visions, and an expanded mental capacity.
Throughout the ages, Lapis Lazuli has been viewed as a stone of royalty between powerful kings, queens, dukes, and pharaohs. Our belief in the popularity of this stone was due to its untapped power. These individuals were secretly aware of the powerful effect Lapis Lazuli could have on the brain. Through deep meditation, they were able to understand their thoughts and sculpt their actions based on the knowledge that Lapis Lazuli provided them.
Lazurite, the main mineral component of Lapis Lazuli is a high vibrational stone. It opens up our third eye, promoting ascension, higher knowledge, and truth-seeking. These attributes combined with other mineral impurities (such as Pyrite, Calcite, and Sodalite) are all capable of reigniting different traits of who we are. For example, Pyrite inclusions in Lazurite assist in both processing your thoughts and manifesting them into reality. The Calcite variations will help awaken the mystical energies that lay dormant inside of you. Lastly, Sodalite will bolden your mental insight to provide a true understanding of how your thoughts are connected to your emotional body. Ideas are a powerful vibration that we emit and when we understand where they are coming from, we can begin to control them.
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