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Lapis Lazuli, the healing stone of friendship and love

Updated on November 23, 2009

When I first saw the blue stone with the gold the specks, I loved it. A striking combination of rich blue and brassy gold. I bought my first stone about 14 years ago. Even my first nickname on the internet was Lapis Lazuli. Most of the people I talked with just shortened it into Lapis. Not even knowing the history or anything else about it , but started to read about it when people on the internet started asking questions about the strange nickname I used.

The meaning of the name Lapis Lazuli

If you ask me, when you pronounce Lapis Lazuli it sounds beautiful. The name Lapis Lazuli is derived from the Latin ‘lapis' (=stone), and the Arab ‘azul' (=blue). In the Middle ages it got the name Lapis Lazulus which later on became Lapis Lazuli.

Sources of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli can be found in Chile, the Soviet Union, the United States, but most significantly from the mountains of Afghanistan. The Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan is the most beautiful. It's blue is more blue than from the other countries it can be found. Lapis is a dark blue microcrystalline rock composed primarily of the mineral lazurite .

This gemstone is hardly ever found in a pure form, but mostly with closed in pyrite crystals. Mines were lapis Lazuli can be found are in general under strict guard.

The history of Lapis Lazuli

The very earliest cultures valued lapis lazuli more highly than gold. Lapis jewelry has been found at excavations of the Predynastic Egyptian site Naqada (3300-3100 B.C.) Ancient Egyptian Priests named it "the Stone from heaven". They were convinced the Stone had healing powers. They made scarabs out of it and other symbolic jewelry and made a practice of burying a lapis lazuli scarab with their dead as they believed it to offer protection. And described in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, lapis lazuli, in the shape of an eye set in gold, was considered an amulet of great power. Cleopatra even used powdered lapis as eye shadow.

It was once believed that lapis had medicinal properties. When it was ground down, mixed with milk people applied it as a dressing for boils and ulcers.

Alexander the Great brought the Lapis to Europe.

The Romans believed that lapis was a powerful aphrodisiac. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to keep the limbs healthy, and free the soul from error, envy and fear. Greeks believed that dreaming of lapis would foretell love that would be forever faithful.

Marco Polo found a Lapis mine in 1271 which existed for more than 5000 years. Stones were transported from there to all over the world and were used for vases, seals, jewelry, palaces and churches. It was also used in a grounded form to make expensive paint. It became the favorite stone of King Lowie XIV.

The beautiful blues in paintings from the Renaissance are thanks to the blue of lapis lazuli, the blue rock loved by the ancients. Ground lapis was the secret of the blue in ultramarine, the pigment which painters used to paint the sea and the sky until the nineteenth century. Lapis was also popular in inlays. The columns of St. Isaac's Cathedral in Petersburg are lined with lapis and the Pushkin Palace in Petersburg has lapis lazuli paneling.

Even the Hebrew Bible reverences to the Lapis lazuli in Job 28:6 The stones of it [are] the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.

Healing properties of Lapis Lazuli

In today's World , Lapis lazuli is still used because of it so called healing powers. Lapis Lazuli is used with other stones when parts of the body need to be purified and cleansed.

Lapis Lazuli has high intensity and can open many of the chakra centers. That's why this stone is often used by people who believe in aura and chakra healing.

It is suggested, believed thatLapis Lazuli enhances the interconnectedness of the higher bodies with the physical body, resulting in a heightened willingness to communicate freely with the outer world.

The primary effect of Lapis is upon the throat; as such, Lapis affects the speech center and the ability to communicate freely and stay in touch with one's surroundings.

More Uses for Lapis.

-Grounded down it can help with swellings , infections and insect bites .

-For improvement of sight

-With laryngitis

-Lowers blood pressure and Cholesterol

-Protection from UV radiation

-Positive influence for the nervous system, calming effect

-With Insomnia and fatigue

-Against fear and prejudice

-Improves your self confidence

-Gives willpower

-For a good harmony and balance between body, mind and soul

- for friendships

-Against depression

-Lessens anxiety and biting nails

-Helps with epileptic and strokes,

-Used with eczema

-Fits and helps chakra 6 .

Lapis lazuli, known as the stone of friendship and of love,is mostly used in jewelry and is a nice gift to give. Even if it's just because of it meaning.

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      gee 

      6 years ago

      I have a pyramid and bought a string of lapiz lazuli,it happens to be connected with my birth sign,Saggitarius.

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      Paro 

      6 years ago

      I bought her a ring and bracelet from Afghanistan this winter, They are beautiful :D

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      rajendar menen 

      7 years ago

      I have a collection of stones but for some odd reason I love Lapis the most. The deep blue and the pyrite specs are so calming. There is a magic in lapis!

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      $i@n 

      7 years ago

      I love lapis lazuli, especially its gold flecks but never knew its history. Thnx, very interesting! :D

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      king 

      7 years ago

      I am in Afghanistan and came across a nice poliched ball of it at the bazarr. It's the size of a softball and looks great. Blue is my favorite color and I just love looking at it. I'ts pretty mesmerizing

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      Emma 

      8 years ago

      Nice hub, :) very very interesting. Fell in love with Lapis yars ago, its good to find a page with all the relevant information on it! :D

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      Robert 

      8 years ago

      I am in Afgan right now and about three days ago got my hands on about 70lbs of pure blue lapis I never knew it had such history I am going to keep collecting thanks for the lesson

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      maya johnson 

      8 years ago

      I love the lapis stone, its SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I am doing a project about this stone, this website gave me lots of information... THANXS!! :)

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      Lazur 

      8 years ago from Netherlands

      Thank you Franck-Marc for your nice comment:D

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      Franck-Marc 

      8 years ago from Davao

      Thumb up Lazure!

      As a professional healer I can confirm all that you say about this wonderful stone. Other than purchasing a piece of jewelery you can find raw pieces of Lapis Lazuli stones in most good alternative health shops. Keeping a block of it in your living room is a good idea, I wouldn't recommend it in your bedroom though or just on occasions.

      Will be reading more of your many hubs. Thank you.

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      mkatchhi 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the valuable information......nice one.

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      lei 

      9 years ago

      i have one.. a pendant, really beautiful and unique stone..

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      Debi 

      9 years ago

      I have several Lapis stones and they are great for connecting with the other side. They definitely have healing powers and are a great gift. I do not have any jewelry made of Lapis, I have just the stones. They are very rare and hard to find so they are a little expensive.

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      Amanda Severn 

      9 years ago from UK

      Hi Lazur

      I used to work in a jewellers many years ago, and the lapiz rings and pendants were always some of my favourites. I love the intensity of the blue, and it's that same intensity which has kept so many of the Renaissance masterpieces looking so fresh despite being 500 years old!

      Great hub. Thanks for posting.

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      Lazur 

      9 years ago from Netherlands

      You're welcome sheena:) I'll bet you'll like it once you've got one:)

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      sheenarobins 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      And Lazur, thank for the info. I wanted to buy a gold necklace with a jade stone. Now, I also want the lapis lazuli. heheheh

      The stones are very attractive.

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      sheenarobins 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      yeah, good one. I run into the word lapis lazuli on the dictionary when I was looking for the meaning of azure my favorite coffee shop in front of my office. I wondered how azure and lapis lazuli were connected since the former introduce me to the latter so I checked it out on my homepage gadget.

      The term azure derives from the Persian ?????? lazhward, which was the name of a place known for its deposits of the deep blue stone now called lapis lazuli (stone of lazhward). The word was adopted into Old French by the twelfth century, from which the word passed into use in the blazon of coats of arms.

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      Lazur 

      9 years ago from Netherlands

      Thank you drpastorcarlotta. I guess there still is a lot we don't know:)

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Hey Lazur, nice Hub!! I love me some Lapis!!! Hmmm, I did not know though it had healing powers!! Praise God!!! lol Great Hub my friend!!!

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      Lazur 

      10 years ago from Netherlands

      When you have migraines , you might try the amethist:)

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      Rick 

      10 years ago

      I heard that Lapis is supposedly helpful with migraines. Anyone else heard of this use for the stone?

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      Gary Eby 

      10 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Awesome hub. Beautifully crafted. Thanks for sharing again. Gary Eby, author and therapist.

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      Lazur 

      10 years ago from Netherlands

      I don't know if they can cure everything , but I know for myself it makes me more relaxed:) Buying it online is a possibility. Sometimes its hard to find a store in your neighborhood that sells these gemstones:)

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I must try to get hold of one of these too, as they truly are beautiful and I love the list of things it can help with.

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      Lazur 

      10 years ago from Netherlands

      Your welcome G-ma:) It's very interesting indeed. You should try:D I got a ring with Lapis in Amsterdam yesterday. It's really beautiful:D

      And pcdriverupdate. Yes it's really a great gift to give. Especially when you tell the person what the stone stands for:)

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      pcdriverupdate 

      10 years ago from VA

      Interesting history. It sounds like a great gift to give. I will keep that in mind. :)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      wow...very nicely done and also interesting...I have never heard of this stone before and will surely try to locate one...It certainly has a very long history...Thanks for such a wonderful hub my dear...G-Ma :o) hugs (in blue)

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