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Lapis Lazuli

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Name: Lapis Lazuli
Color(s): Deep blue
Mineral Information: Sulfur containing sodium aluminum silicate
Chemical Make-up: Na8(Al6Si6O24)S2
Hardness: 7
Where they are found: Afghanistan, Argentina, USA, Canada, Chile, Russia
About Stone: 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 of Afghanistan where it was originally mined at least 6000 years ago. It was said to impart ancient knowledge, and the wisdom to use it thus enhancing one’s awareness, insight, and intellect.
Until the 19th century, it was ground Lapis that was the secret to the lovely blue pigments that so many painters used to depict the sky and the sea. Meaning that when one views all of the blue hues in Renaissance paintings, it is quite likely that they are due to the lovely Lapis Lazuli.
Legend tells us that Lapis has been loved by the ancients, from Mesopotamia, to Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome. The ancient city of Ur it is told had a thriving trade in Lapis as early as the fourth millennium B.C.
The name is said to be derived from the Latin, lapis, which means ‘stone’ and from the Arabic,aula, which means ‘blue’. Although when Lapis was initially introduced in Europe, it was called ultramarinum, which means “beyond the sea”.
Zodiac Association: Sagittarius
Metaphysical Properties: Helps you to access universal knowledge and have wisdom to understand it. It helps expand awareness and intellect. Eases depression and balances male and female energies. Lapis Lazuli harmonizes your heart and mind & can help you experience the power you possess within. A powerful thought amplifier and a protective stone.

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