Lapis Lazuli is one of the rarest semi-precious stones in all of gemology. It's unforgettable because of its typical shade of dark blue: a colour that was so famous throughout the ages that before the evolution of modern paint, this stone was used to produce the ultramarine blue present in a lot of classical paintings. It basically consists of an aluminum silicate, with trace amounts of calcite and pyrite.
Lapis lazuli Gemstones was historically discovered in Afghanistan, and kingdoms from Egypt to Siberia and even the Mughal Empire was very fond of the stone; it was a prized ingredient of a lot of architecture and paintings, including the Taj Mahal. It was also an item of ancient jewelry - amulets, pendants and many other ornaments.
The gemstone is also known for its shine, and is still used as a polish for boxes, vases and jewellery. Other interesting uses of ancient times were as eyeshade by women and even as inscriptions for famous texts on Gemstones.
Properties and benefits of Lapis lazuli Gemstones
This prized stone is associated with the alignment of the planet Saturn - the embodiment of kingly abundance and prosperity in Indian mythology. When worn as a stone, ring, pendant or bracelet, lapis lazuli Gemstones helps provide calm and good judgment. People who are usually aggressive and prone to make numerous errors in common judgement should wear the lapis lazuli Stones. It helps reduce insecurity and a fear of failure. It's beneficial to the eyes and vocal chords.
Properties of Lapis lazuli Gemstones
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- Cosmic Color: Blue
It should ideally be worn on the middle finger, but do consult your gemologist / chakra expert for the best mode of wearing your gemstone.
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Afghanistan, Siberia, several other parts of the world.
How to care for your Lapis Lazuli Gemstones
1. Your gemstone might routinely carry negative energies, and the stone or ring can be detoxified by dipping it in water overnight, and in a bowl full of quartz crystals for another night.
2. The gemstone can be washed in a thin stream of running water, after which it can be wiped lightly with a soft cloth. It could be polished every once in a while.