Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Mined as early as 7000 B.C. and prized throughout history, Lapis Lazuli is the universal symbol of wisdom and truth, used in jewelry, ornamental objects, dyes, and pigments.
Lapis is a metamorphic rock. True Lapis must contain at least 25 percent lazurite (which gives it a blue color), along with calcite (the white layers or mottling) and pyrite (the gold patches.). It gets its name from the Latin lapis (“stone”) and the Persian lazhuward (“blue”).
Lapis is the natural birthstone of those born Feb. 19-March 19 and the Zodiac stone of Sagittarius. It’s believed Lapis was the stone referenced as sapphire in the Old Testament of the Bible and is the fifth stone in the breastplate of the Jewish High Priest.
King Tut’s sarcophagus was inlaid with Lapis. Ancient Persia and Pre-Columbian America viewed Lapis as a symbol of a starry night. Long-ago Greeks and Romans used it as an ornamental stone, and, ground into an expensive powder, it produced the ultramarine color favored by painter Michelangelo and the eye shadows Cleopatra wore.
Buddhists believed Lapis brought inner peace, and Catherine the Great had an entire room in her palace adorned with Lapis.
Today, Lapis is a popular gemstone, carved into beads and cabochons. With a 5 on the 1-10 Mohs Scale of Hardness, it’s best to use Lapis in earrings, pins, and pendants, to lessen the likelihood of scratching it.
Afghanistan is one of the world’s leading producers of Lapis, followed by Chile, Russia, Argentina, Pakistan, and the U.S.
Executives, journalists, and psychologists can find wisdom and good judgment by using Lapis. Archeologists and historians, lawyers, inventors, and writers also can benefit by keeping some Lapis around.
On the physical level, Lapis is thought to benefit the throat, ears, circulation, and the nervous system. It’s said to lower blood pressure, lessen insomnia, ease migraine headaches, and relieve skin problems.
Lapis promotes self-awareness and fosters honesty in dealing with others. In the workplace, it attracts success and lasting recognition. It fosters learning and enhances memory.
Metaphysical healers associate Lapis with the Third Eye Chakra (the Brow), which helps us see clearly and understand what we see, as well as remain open to new ideas. Lapis is said to balance the energies of the Throat Chakra, which affects our ability to express and communicate what we think and feel.
Feng Shui experts say Lapis uses Water Energy, traditionally associated with the north area of a room or home. This formless yet powerful and flowing energy assures balance as life unfolds.
Clean your Lapis in warm, soapy water and store pieces away from other jewelry.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!