Semi-Precious Stones: Lapis Lazuli

Wear a pair of dangle earrings made from one of the most sought after stones in use since man’s history. The stone of choice would be the “Lapis Lazuli.” The Lapis Lazuli stone varies in color from a deep clestial blue to shades of grey. The celestial blue color symbolizes royalty and honor, wisdom and truth.

Lapis Lazuli semi-precious stones are formed by rocks such as Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite. The highest grades of Lapis Lazuli is a rich medium royal blue with gold flecks.

In Egypt B.C. Lapis Lazuli was among the most highly prized tributes paid to them and obtained from some of the oldest mines in the world. Lapis Lazuli is called “sapphire” in the Old Testament. Of interest to me is that it is said Lapis Lazuli could be the fifth stone in the original breastplate of the High Priest in the Old Testament. (Kunz,293-294).

King Tutankhamen must have been a lover of beautiful semi precious stones. His golden sarcophagus were richly inlaid with Lapis Lazuli. Many other Egyptian kings and queens were buried with Lapis Lazuli adornments. (Simmons 227).

The land of the Egyptians was dry and barren. The deep cobalt blue color of the Lapis Lazuli stones held some very specific spiritual meaning to the Egyptians. There are gold flecks throughout the cobalt blue color which were a symbol of stars in the night. The stars were the gold flecks and the night in the background of the stars was the cobalt blue color. The Egyptians felt that when meditating upon these colors within the Lapis Lazuli stones supernatural forces were change their lives. (Raphaell,141)

People from the Islamic Orient held the Lapis Lazuli stones close to their hearts for protection from the evil eye. (Megemont,110).

The well known and famous painter, Michelangelo ground and processed Lapis Lazuli stones into powder to produce intense, expensive, ultramarine colors. The colors were his favorite to use in his paintings. (Megemont,111).

Buddhist believers recommended Lapis Lazuli as a stone for instilling inner peace and receiving freedom from negative thoughts. As a result, Catherine the Great had an entire room in her palace decorated with Lapis Lazuli stones on her walls, fireplaces, doors and mirror frames.

Other legends and who should wear Lapis Lazuli stones:

Executives, journalists and psychologists should wear Lapis Lazuli jewelry pieces to stimulate wisdom and good judgment in the practical world, that is, according to those who study these kind of things. I have an interest and “some” ability toward journalism and mental health. It is odd how the Lapis Lazuli was the first semi precious stone that really caught my eye. I have several pieces of jewelry now made from Lapis Lazuli chips.

It is said the Lapis Lazuli stones aids intellectual analysis in archeologists and historians, problem solving for lawyers and helps to create new ideas for inventors and writers. (Mella, 129-133).

Other writers believe the Lapis Lazuli is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind which stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding (another category in which I fit into easily). It is suppose to aid in the process of learning and is said to be excellent for enhancing the memory (Simmons,227) (Ahsian 228).

Place a Lapis Lazuli grid in homes where teenagers, or children with Asperger’s syndrome, autism, or attention-deficit disorder live to help bring calmness and loving communication. (Eason, 40,22).

Odd is the fact that as I was laying out a dangle earring design using the Lapis Lazuli chips I felt a calmness come over me that was “different” than during the process with other types of stones. The Lapis Lazuli is becoming one of my favorites in the semi-precious line of gemstones. Knowing just a little bit more about this beautiful stone helps me to feel great appreciation for it.

reference used: http://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/lapis

Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
Carmilita’s Earrings: https://carmilitaearrings.etsy.com

Meet Clover:

dangle earrings clover

Clover is a pair of handmade dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Simplicity Collection. She dangles about 1 1/2 inch from the hook.

Materials Used:
2 Silver Plated French Fish Earring Hooks
12 Silver Plated Jump Rings 5 mm
12 Silver Plated Head Pins
12 Small Chips of Lapis Lazuli Beads, blue/green in colors

Clover’s Price: $15 includes FREE shipping

Purchase Clover here: Carmilita’s Earrings

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Author: connielimon2014

Bead Jewelry Artisan, mother of one daughter and grandmother of two grandsons, daughter of Korean War Veteran.

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