The rarest lapis lazuli have been mined for thousands of years in Afghanistan, and more precisely in the province of Badakhchan. They are also found in Russia, Siberia and Chile. We reveal all about the origins and virtues of this captivating stone.
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Origins of lapis lazuli - Azure stone
The name Lapis-Lazuli is formed from the Latin terms "lapis" meaning "stone" and "lazuli" meaning "of azure". However, the term lazuli has a completely different meaning in Persian. Indeed, it is a derivative of lâdjevard which means "king's portion" which highlights the sacredness associated with this stone. The "azure stone" has been known and used for more than 7000 years, lapis lazuli is a metamorphic rock opaque and matte. This precious stone has veins of pyrite that were mistaken for gold powder for a long time.
In ancient times, it was also mistaken for sapphire. But what gives the stone its deep blue color and value is the amount of lazurite it contains.
Lapis lazuli: The stone of the gods
At the time of Ancient Egypt, it was a symbol of perfection and was said to have powerful virtues. It was attributed for example the power to repel the forces of evil. This is why it was used in the manufacture of amulets or animal statuettes.
Later, the stone was used as a pigment in painting to create the famous ultramarine blue. This pigment was used to create the sky in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The stone is also associated with the astrological signs of Sagittarius, Pisces and Aquarius.
The virtues and therapeutic powers of lapis lazuli in lithotherapy
The psychic properties of lapis lazuli
The stone of the overseas has many benefits. It is a stone of balance which would have positive effects on nervousness and depression, it would bring self-confidence but would also support the communication and the expressiveness. You can use lapis lazuli to help you meditate or make an elixir of this precious stone to better remember and understand your dreams.
Health benefits of lapis lazuli
Gemstones are known for their therapeutic powers and are used in lithotherapy to treat certain diseases and specific ailments. The lapis lazuli would make it possible to look after the disorders of the immune system, the problems of skin, the allergies or the migraines.