Otherwise called lapis lazuli. Its name comes from Arabic and Persian, it means blue stone. The most famous and desirable are lapis lazuli with a deep blue color, they can also be found in green and purple shades of blue.
The stone is believed to promote hair growth, soothe neuralgia and menstrual discomfort. In esoterics, it is recommended to sleep with this stone to evoke prophetic dreams. It also supports emotional healing and spiritual development.
Lazurite in history
The first traces of Lapis Lazuli mining date back 6,000 years to what is now Afghanistan. In Ancient Egypt, this mineral was used to fight fever and cholera. It also had an artistic use. It was used to make jewelry, sculptures (most often the goddess Maat), decorative dishes, and the powdered one was an ideal blue pigment. Officials used lapis to make their seals. One of the most interesting finds is the so-called The "banner of Ur" are harps made of lapis lazuli, found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Romanesque tribes strengthened the strength of legs and arms with lapis lazuli and used it as a medicine for lowered libido. Marco Polo in 1271 described the first lapis lazuli mines. The real surprise, however, was the production, in 1970, of a synthetic stone. It has a deep color similar to the natural original. However, the synthetic is of lower quality, is more porous and has a lower density. The artificial stone can be recognized by the very regular arrangement of pyrite infusions.
Lapis lazuli beautiful but delicate
Lazurite is a highly valued stone due to its collector and jewelery value. However, be careful with this mineral. It is quite sensitive and can be damaged by pressure, temperature, acids or soaps. Rings and bracelets made of this mineral are recommended to be removed when doing household chores.
You can often find a fake lapis, the most common are dyed jaspers that do not contain pyrite infixes. You can also come across glass interwoven with copper. Any imitations can be recognized under UV light, only the lapis lazuli will glow under it.
When working with this stone, it should be remembered that its hardness is only 5.5 on the Mohs scale, which can make it difficult to process. It is possible to improve the color of lapis lazuli, it obtains greater depth when heated or, of course, dyeing.