Today’s Mineral Monday is Lapis Lazuli! Commonly referred to as lapis, lapis lazuli is not a distinct mineral, but a rock consisting mostly of bright blue lazurite in combination with hayune, sodalite, diopside, calcite and pyrite. The best specimens come from Afghanistan, where it has been mined for over 6,000 years! The Egyptians prized lapis — artifacts date back as far as 2500 BC — using it in ornamental carvings as well as in powdered form for makeup. Lapis was also used in the Middle Ages as paint pigment to produce the color ultramarine. Today it is used for carvings, ornamental building stone and jewelry.
Metaphysically, lapis is said to be a “stone of total awareness”. It helps to become organized, and provides protection. Lapis has been used to relieve symptoms of insomnia and vertigo.
The Shops at Nature’s Art Village have a wide selection of lapis lazuli including beautiful jewelry, polished stones & spheres, and lots of lapis beads. To see our full selection of gemstones, crystals and minerals please visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.
Be sure to check back next week for another Mineral Monday!
Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.