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Lapis Lazuli- "Royal Blue"

Lapis lazuli with deep azure blue color, often flecked with golden pyrite inclusions, was treasured by ancient Babylonian and Egyptian civilizations and often worn by royalty. It was widely used by Egyptians for cosmetics and painting. Persian legend says that the heavens owed their blue color to a massive slab of lapis upon which the earth rested. It was believed to be a sacred stone, buried with the dead to protect and guide them in the afterlife.

For centuries lapis lazuli has been prized for jewelry. Widely used as a semiprecious stone throughout history, lapis is most often seen as a necklace of beads or carved pendants. Fine natural Lapis Lazuli can be rather pricey. Jewelry with the high quality stones with no calcite or pyrite veins can be quite expensive.

 

 

Lapis lazuli is valued for its deep blue color. The source of the pigment ultramarine, lapis lazuli is not a mineral but a rock colored by lazurite. In addition to the sodalite minerals in lapis lazuli, small amounts of white calcite and of pyrite crystals are usually present. Because lapis is a rock of varying composition, its physical properties are variable.

The name lapis comes from word "pencil" in Spanish. Lapis lazuli is the anniversary gemstone for the 7th and 9th year of marriage.

Lapis lazuli can easily be scratched or chipped. Water can dissolve the stone's protective coatings, hence clean your lapis lazuli jewelry with a soft dry cloth.

The main supplies of lapis lazuli are found in the Afghanistan, Egypt, Canada, Chile, the US, and South America. The most important source is the mines in Badakhshan, northeastern Afghanistan.

"Royal Blue"

PRICE RANGE:  $350.00 to $425.00

(Depending on size and wire selection)

 

The set pictured includes a large freeform cabochon cut to preserve a prominent deposit of pyrite (often referred to as "fool's gopld") on an external face of the original rock. Royal Blue is wrapped in 14k gold-filled wire, sculptured and enhanced with deep blue and clear Swarovski crystals as well as gold beads.

Because of the price of the lapis lazuli (our raw supply is AAA grade from Afghanistan), we don't stock many finished pieces. This is something we custom-make for discerning clients. See How We Work With Clients for a more detailed explanation of this process.

 

"The Queen"

PRICE RANGE:  $250.00 to $300.00

(Depending on size and wire selection)

The pendant pictured is a large freeform cabochon cut and polished without a straight line or flat surface in the stone, except for the two lower edges. Royal Blue is wrapped in sterling silver wire, with sculptured loops and enhanced with sapphire blue and clear Swarovski crystals as well as silver beads. As with the Royal BLue, above, we custom-create these pieces by special order only.

 

Mystical properties

Lapis is said to increase psychic abilities and be a cure for melancholy and for certain types of fever. It is thought to eliminate negative emotions and relieves sore throat pain. Traditionally believed to increase mental clarity, virility, and calm, lapis lazuli is energy focuser for teachers, lecturers and speakers. It is believed to enhance creative self-expression and to be useful in relieving depression and promoting spirituality. Lapis lazuli is also reputed to be powerful during meditation.