Lapis Lazuli Freeform Shape, from North Eastern Afghanistan
This polished Lapis Lazuli freeform shape is a lovely example, of this lovely mineral. With a deep blue colour and a typical combination of calcite and pyrites. Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful, and iconic semi-precious stone from North Eastern Afghanistan. The mines in the remote Kokcha valley have been producing Lapis Lazuli for 6000 years. These mines account for 95% of all the Lapis Lazuli that has ever been produced.
Lapis Lazuli is a metamorphic rock containing lazurite. It also frequently contains specks of calcite and iron pyrites. These specks of sparkling pyrite were traditional said to represent the stars and planets. While the deep blue of Lapis Lazuli represented the celestial night sky. The name ‘Lapis’ derives from Latin word lapis meaning stone. While the word ‘Lazuli’ derives from the Persian word lazhward meaning blue.
Metaphysically, a highly protective stone that can rapidly reduce stress. This is also a stone that can encourage creativity, stimulate wisdom, and the desire for knowledge. It is a stone that can bond relationships in love and friendship. Healers find this stone really useful for lowering blood pressure, and also boosting the immune system. It is also a stone that can help with expressing emotions and feelings.