lapis lazuli

Geology / History

Lapis Lazuli (Arabic & Latin - blue stone) can be described as an impure variety of the mineral Lazurite, more accurately it is a type of rock containing primarily Lazurite (25-40%), Calcite & Pyrite (also augite, diopside, enstatite, mica, hornblende, sodalite, haüyne).
Lapis has a very distinctive blue colour due to the Lazurite. Too much pyrite causes a dull greenish tint. In the best-quality specimens the colour is evenly distributed but in general it is spotty or striated. As well as use in carvings & gems it has been used for millennia as a blue pigment when ground to a fine powder known as ultramarine. Ancient Egyptians where notable miners of Lapis.

Metaphysical Properties
Stone of the gods. A powerful protection & magic stone used by Egyptian priestesses. The heartbeat of Isis opens the third eye & balances the throat charka. Lapis teaches the power of the spoken word. It encourages self-awareness & self-expression, honesty & compassion.
Lapis bonds relationships, dissolves stress, martyrdom, cruelty & suffering. Enhances the sense of oneness & increases spiritual strength. Stimulates enlightenment, enhances dreams & psychic abilities. A stone of pure wonder & magic connected to all that was & is. It opens the Akashic records, doorways to other worlds & translates divine guidance into conscious understanding.
Brings forth clarity & focus through enlightenment via energy expansion. Abundance & strength are learned through releasing of fear. Lapis holds & distributes unconditional love. The goal of Lapis is global ascension it has a deep connection to the Earth & all its inhabitants.

Crystal Healing
Alleviates pain, overcomes depression, boosts immune systems. Alleviates insomnia & vertigo, lowers blood pressure.

Group: Silicates-Tectosilicates
Crystal System: Cubic
Composition: Na3Ca(Al3Si3O12)S 
Form/Habit: Isometric, Dodecahedral when crystalised, Dense aggregate
Hardness: 5-5.5
Cleavage: Indistinct
Fracture: Uneven, brittle, Conchoidal
Lustre: Dull to Vitreous, Greasy
Streak: Bright Blue
Specific Gravity: 2.4
Transparency: Translucent to Opaque
R.I: 1.5 average
Colour: Various intense shades of blue
Birefringence: None
Pleochroism: Absent
Fluorescence: Strong white, orange, copper

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