These were one of my good buys from the Tucson shows. This bunch was mixed in with a heap of others like it, but for some reason this bunch jumped out at me. I held them up and asked how much. The seller gave me a price, and I asked "per strand"? And he said no for the lot. Sold!! I see them as small pendants on dainty necklaces and as statement earrings.
The name of this stone comes from 'lapis', the Latin word for stone, and 'azula', which is Arabic for blue. This
opaque, deep blue gemstone has a grand past. It was among the first
gemstones to be worn as jewellery and worked on. At excavations in the
ancient centers of culture, archaeologists have
again and again found among the grave furnishings decorative chains and
figures made of lapis lazuli – clear indications that the deep blue
stone was already popular thousands of years ago among the people of
Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome.
The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen was richly inlaid with lapis lazuli,
as were other burial ornaments of Egyptian kings and queens. It was
used extensively in scarabs, pendants and other jewelry, and ground into
powder for dyes, eye shadow and medicinal elixirs
Another of its earliest uses was as a pigment for paint. It was ground up into a powder and mixed with
binding-agents to produce the intense, but expensive, ultramarine color favored by many early Masters such as Michelangelo. Many pictures of the Madonna, for example, were created using this paint. Unlike
all other blue pigments, which tend to pale in the light, it loses
none of its radiance. Today the blue pigment
obtained from lapis lazuli is mainly used in restoration work and by
collectors of historical paints.
The highest quality lapis lazui is found in Afghanistan. It is also found in Russia, Chilean Andes, Italy, Mongolia, the USA, Canada, Myanmar and Pakistan
lazuli is regarded as a stone of
friendship and truth. It is said to encourage harmony in
relationships and help its wearer to be authentic and give his or her
This stone is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind and
enhancing intellectual ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge,
truth and understanding, and aids the process of learning. It is
excellent for enhancing memory.
Lapis lazuli is beneficial to the throat, larynx, and vocal chords, and helps regulate the endocrine and thyroid glands. It enhances circulation and improves cardiac rhythm. It reduces vertigo and lowers blood pressure, and is thought to alleviate insomnia
Lapis lazuli is also thought to relieve general pain and inflammations, and is especially
effective against migraine headaches. It aids the nervous system and
brain disorders, and is believed to help with attention-deficit, autism
and Asperger's syndrome.
Lapis lazuli is one of the oldest spiritual stones known to man, used by
healers, priests and royalty, for power, wisdom and to stimulate psychic
abilities and inner vision. It represents universal truth. It quickly releases stress, allowing for peace and serenity. It permits tapping into personal and spiritual
Note: This information is provided for curiosity only and is not meant to be medical advice.