Lapis lazuli is one of the most mysterious and a favorite among crystal healing, mineral collectors and metaphysical purposes. It’s natural good looks also keep it in high demand in the jewelry trade. We’re going to dive deep into all its aspects today.
History and Lore
Ancient texts often referred to this stone as “sapphire” yet oftentimes they were actually citing lapis.
“Lapis lazuli” literally means “blue stone”. Lapis is Latin for “stone”, hence the word “lapidary” meaning work involving working with stones; engraving, cutting, or polishing. Then “lazuli” originally comes from the Persian word, “azul” meaning “blue”.
This gorgeous and enigmatic stone has been used in countless ways with evidence of mining going as far back as 7000 BCE. Archaeologists have documented its use in many cultures as talismans, jewelry, adorning religious objects, sculptures and structures.
Arguably the most ell-known burial mask of all; King Tut’s burial mask incorporated significant use of Lapis lazuli. Photo credit: Jon Bodsworth [Copyrighted free use]
Egypt’s love for Lapis
The bluestone has been known to hold major religious […]