Large Lapis Lazuli Freeform shape, measuring 16cm
This Large Lapis Lazuli freeform is a gorgeous example of this Afghan Gemstone. The front is a rich blue with specks of pyrite and a small patches of calcite, and slightly more mottled calcite on the back. Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful, and iconic semi-precious stone from North Eastern Afghanistan. The mines of the remote Kokcha valley have been producing Lapis Lazuli for 6000 years. These mines have produced 95% of all the Lapis Lazuli that has ever been produced. The stone was transported on the ancient silk route to Europe.
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. 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 protective stone that can reduce stress, and bring inner peace. This is a stone that is said to encourage creativity. Additionally it is regarded as a stone that can bond relationships in love and friendship. Healers have always treasured this stone that is said to lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. It is regarded as a stone to stimulate wisdom, and the desire for knowledge. It is also said that it is a stone that can help with expressing emotions and feelings.