Lapis Lazuli, or is an opaque semiprecious stone
that is characterized by its deep violet-blue color. Lapis was the
source for a vivid blue pigment known as "azzurrum ultramarine," or
"genuine ultramarine" which was used in fine-art oil paints until its
synthesis ( or ) in the 1928.
The finest color is intense blue with small flecks of golden pyrite. Stones
with no white calcite veins and only small pyrite inclusions are the most
prized. Patches of pyrite help in identifying the stone as genuine and do
not detract from its value.
The first part of this gem's name "Lapis" is Latin for "stone." The word "Lazuli" is the genitive form of the medieval Latin word , which came from the Persian word ,
meaning "azure" or "blue." Taken as a whole, lapis lazuli literally
means "stone of azure" or "blue stone." Lapis is sometimes flecked with
metallic inclusions, imparting a quality that was said to be like "the
serene blue heavens fretted with fire".
Lapis is a very strong clairvoyance stone. It
helps to enhance and remember dreams. It is traditionally believed to
increase mental clarity, virility, and calm. It is also useful in relieving
depression and promoting spirituality. It is a high intensity stone which
cleanses the spirit to bring out inner truth and peace. Some believed that
dreaming of lapis would foretell love that would be forever faithful.
Wearing Lapis Lazuli can help with channeling. The ancient Egyptians used
Lapis as a symbol of truth. During ancient times Lapis was ground up and
used for medicinal purposes as well as a cosmetic. The stone can be used to
connect two people in ways that go beyond just friendship.
Lapis has been mined in Afghanistan for over 6000 years, and some the best
quality is still found there. It is also found in South America and Russia.