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Lapis lazuli is a rock formed by multiple minerals: lazurite, sodalite, calcite and pyrite. It has a very rich blue (almost purple -blue) colour with unusual gold flakes made from pyrites (although the flakes can sometimes appear white).
History, mythology & legends
The oldest lapis lazuli mines are dated 4000 years BC. They are situated in mountain ranges in Afghanistan. All ancient civilizations used that stone in rituals, sculptures and jewellery. Even in the middle ages lapis was ground and processed to make ultramarine pigment for use in frescoes and oil painting.
“The sky is made from lapis lazuli, Earth is just slab of rock floating on it”. In Ancient Rome, lapis lazuli was believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac. This stone was also commonly employed in exorcisms. The Egyptian Book of the Dead describes the importance of Lapis in funeral rituals. According to ancient legend, King Solomon also had a ring which contained the stone, given to him by an Angel in order to help him control an army of demons. He used his control to build his temple.
Traditional & emotional healing
According to tradition, Lapis can help with the nervous and endocrine systems. It is believed to be good with headaches, migraines, reducing pains and inflammations. This stone helps one to take responsibility for oneself. It’s apparent that the gemstone has an inherent ability for calming strong emotions.