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[full_column][bold_title]Meet Magic Blue – Lapis Lazuli[/bold_title][/full_column]
Lapis lazuli is a gemstone of the kind that might have come straight out of the Arabian Nights: a deep blue with golden inclusions of pyrites which shimmer like little stars.
The euphonious name is composed from ‘lapis’, the Latin word for stone, and ‘azula’, which comes from the Arabic and means blue.
Lapis lazuli is regarded by many people around the world as the stone of friendship and truth, it strengthens love and emotional ties. The blue stone is said to encourage harmony in relationships and help its wearer to be authentic and give his or her opinion openly.
Lapis lazuli is an opaque rock that mainly consists of diopside and lazurite. It came into being millions of years ago during the metamorphosis of lime to marble. Uncut, lapis lazuli is matt and of a deep, dark blue colour, often with golden inclusions and whitish marble veins. The small inclusions with their golden shimmer, which give the stone the magic of a starry sky, are not of gold as people used to think, but of pyrites. Their cause is iron. The blue colour comes from the sulphur content of the lazurite and may range from pure ultramarine to a lighter blue. At between 5 and 6 on the Mohs scale, this stone is among the less hard gemstones.
As they did more than 5000 years ago, the best raw stones still come from the steep Hindu Kush in the north- east of Afghanistan. The lumps of blue rock, extracted from the inhospitable mountains by blasting, are brought down into the valley in the summer months by mules.
Lapis lazuli is a versatile and popular gemstone which has shown extraordinary stability in the turbulent tides of fashion. No wonder, since it has fascinated both men and women for thousands of years with its fabulous colour and those golden points of light formed by pyrites.
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Opal is a 14th Anniversary gemstone
Zodiac – Sagitarius, Taurus Planets – Neptune and Venus
Element – Water
♥ Inner truth ♥ Inner power ♥ Love ♥ Purification
♥ Intuition ♥ Positive magic ♥ Self-confidence
♥ Manifestation ♥ Friendship
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Ground up into a powder and stirred up together with binding-agents, the marble- like gemstone can be used to manufacture radiant blue watercolours, tempera or oil- paints.
Powdered Lapis was used as eye shadow by Cleopatra and many of the blues used in Medieval manuscripts and Renaissance art were derived from Lapis pigments.
A stone of protection that may be worn to guard against psychic attacks, Lapis Lazuli quickly releases stress, bringing deep peace. It brings harmony and deep inner self-knowledge. Encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality. Stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one’s truth and inspires confidence. It bonds relationships, aiding in expression of feelings and emotions.
Lapis Lazuli boosts the immune system, purifies blood, lowers blood pressure, cooling and soothing areas of inflammation. It alleviates insomnia and vertigo, and overcomes depression. Lapis Lazuli benefits the respiratory and nervous systems and the throat, vocal chords, and thyroid, cleanses organs, bone marrow and thymus.