What is Lapis Lazuli?
Lapis Lazuli is technically a rock because it incorporates different crystals to form. The main crystal in Lapis is Lazurite and we derive the energetic benefits from this blue stone. Besides blue Lazurite, Lapis incorporates white Calcite and gold Pyrite, sometimes Sodalite and Hauyne and other stones. The Lapis is colored by Sulfur. It occurs in limestone and marble with high sodium content.
The best Lapis comes from Afghanistan where the mines have been worked for 6,000 years and is still producing beautiful blue stones. It is also found in Chile, Tajikistan, USA, Russia, Italy and Egypt. Ancient references to Sapphire are actually referring to Lapis. Powdered Lapis was used as the first eye shadow and mixed with oil to form a blue paint.
Lazurite is a 5.5 on the Mohs Scale of hardness. Sometimes the stone is dyed or heated to bring out more blue.
Lapis Mineral Facts
- Surface Color: Blue
- Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): Blue
- Group: Silicate
- Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): Imperfect
- Fracture (where the crystal breaks randomly, not on cleavage): Conchoidal (concave clam-like glassy break) to Uneven
- Luster: Vitreous (glassy) to Dull
- Transparency: Translucent (light flows through but with obstructions) to Opaque (light does not go through)
- Crystal System: Cubic – Dodecahedral, but crystals are rare
- Crystal Habit: Massive & Compact or Fine, Granular Aggregate
Metaphysical Properties of Lapis Lazuli
- Lapis brings deep peace, wisdom and heavenly contemplation
- Use at the Third eye for mental clarity and objectivity
- Rub on temples and head for migraines and dizziness
- Massage over back for backaches
- Lapis helps overcome depression
- Drink as a gem elixir for thyroid and immune problems
- Place over affected areas to help repair muscles and bones
- The Pyrite in Lapis protects you while doing spiritual work with Lapis
Note: Lapis is sensitive to strong pressure and high temperatures so keep it out of hot water and avoid pressing on it. Lapis chips and scratches easily.
The darker the blues and evenly spread the Pyrite, the more valuable the Lapis piece. Real Lapis is a relatively expensive stone but definitely worth the investment! If the Lapis has gold Pyrite inclusions it is most likely real. If the coloring comes out in water or with nail polish remover, the Lapis has been dyed to increase the value. Sometimes Howlite is dyed as Lapis and this takes dye well, so it will not rub off.
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