Lapis lazuli stone – a valuable mineral that attracts attention with its amazingly beautiful blue color. The magical and healing properties of lapis lazuli raised it to the level of worship, and the incredible color fascinated the rulers of countries to use it for decorating their palaces and luxury items.
History of the stone.
The history of lapis lazuli dates back more than 7 thousand years. It starts from the moment when people began to mine it in the Badakhshan (Afghanistan). Many countries of the world had a special attitude to this stone. In ancient times, this beautiful blue stone was sacred.
So, the priests of Ancient India carved their magic formulas and spells on products made of lapis lazuli. The ancient Egyptians and Sumerians called lapis lazuli “Stone of Heaven”, decorated tombs with it and carved figures of deities from it. Moreover, the figure of Maat, the Egyptian goddess of truth and justice, was carved from lapis lazuli, and scarabs from this gem decorated the pectoral – a sign of the power of the Egyptian Pharaoh.
Ancient China also revered Lapis lazuli, where it was a reflection of powerful celestial forces. Chinese rulers decorated their headdresses with lapis lazuli balls. Tibetan lamas valued it even more than gold.
Europeans loved lapis lazuli. During the Renaissance, the upper class wore large jewelry made of lapis lazuli, decorated their homes with interior items made of this decorative stone, and famous artists used ultramarine color(achieved by applying paint from crushed minera).
Lapis lazuli was widely used for making interior items and finishing buildings in Russia as well. So, the halls of the Peterhof Palace complex, the columns of St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Medici vase and the interior of the Winter Imperial Palace are decorated with lapis lazuli. Until the middle of the XIX century, it was brought from Afghanistan, and since 1851 Russia began to mine it directly on the territory of the country.
1248 kilograms of violet-blue lapis lazuli were used to cover the five-meter-high columns of the iconostasis St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg.
The most expensive samples of high-quality lapis lazuli have long been considered an Imperial stone and were used for making state regalia, items of Royal use and luxury gifts. In 1873 Alexander II gave his guest Emperor Wilhelm I many rich gifts, including several vases and other desk items made of lapis lazuli.
The oldest deposit, which was described by Marco Polo (1271), is the Sary Sang Deposit in Badakhshan (Afghanistan). The masses of lapis lazuli of various shades (from indigo to blue) were formed metasomatically in limestones. The same field locates on the Western Pamir (Tajikistan).
The famous lazurite deposit in Russia locates in the Tunka mountains, where lapis lazuli was formed as a result of reactions between pegmatite and dolomite rocks. Here it is accompanied by light-colored diopside, scapolite, phlogopite and calcite, cancrinite, sometimes pyrite and native sulfur.
Difference from fakes.
Because of its popularity, lapis lazuli has led to a series of all sorts of fakes. They began to be made from cheaper natural materials or even artificially. To detect a fake, we recommend applying a thorough visual inspection and performing some very simple procedures.
If you look closely at the stone, you will not find in fake those shimmering golden inclusions of pyrite or thin marble veins going deep into the mineral. By pointing the fake at the light and looking through it, you can observe a good transparency, which does not happen in lapis lazuli.
It is also recommended to wet the stone. Genuine lapis lazuli gets wet evenly, but the liquid will remain on the copy in the form of drops.
Healing and magical properties of lapis lazuli.
People have noticed for a long time possession of lapis lazuli magic and healing properties. Numerous excavations of archaeologists prove it. Figures and ornaments made of this “Sky Stone” were found on the mummies of Egyptian pharaohs, in the sarcophagi, in the tombs of royalty and nobles of ancient times.
Since, according to beliefs, this magic stone will help the deceased to regain the afterlife, but only on condition that the body of the deceased will be preserved (for this purpose, the bodies of Royal persons were mummified).
Considered a link between people and heaven, it was carried by priests and sages to enlighten the mind and attract wisdom. The lapis lazuli presented as a gift at a diplomatic meeting was the best guarantee of sincerity and friendly relations.
Modern scientists who study the properties of natural stones confirm their truly unique capabilities.
So, lapis lazuli has:
- Therapeutic effect on the eyes, ears and respiratory system of a person. Just look at the stone for a few minutes a day and repeat this procedure for a certain time, you can return visual acuity. To get rid of an attack of strong and choking cough, to put this mineral on the sternum area.
- You should apply lapis lazuli to the sore spot to relieve pain in the back, joints and other parts of the body.
- Rid of inflammatory processes, faster wound healing and removal of postoperative edema.
- Ability to reduce blood pressure.
- Very useful lapis lazuli is also for women. In ancient times, young girls wore beads or a necklace made of it to promote health during pregnancy, successfully bear a child and facilitate childbirth.
- This stone helps men to gain self-confidence, making correct and balanced decisions without hesitation.
- Cleanses a person’s thoughts from negative thoughts and obsessive, annoying bad ideas. It helps to clear the mind, attract wisdom, acquire calmness, and bring emotions into balance. It also relieves some mental illnesses and sleep disorders.
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Among all the blue opaque stones known in ancient times, lapis lazuli was one of the most highly valued. Moreover, this ornamental mineral was used for making amulets, vases, caskets and other expensive household items, as well as for expensive mosaics and inlays.
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