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Lapis Beads & Pendants

Lapis Beads & Pendants

Lapis Beads & Pendants

Lapis, also known as Lapis Lazuli, is a bold cobalt blue gemstone. In jewelry design, we love Lapis with both silver and gold metals, and it looks great with neutral and white stones including Moonstone, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, and Black Tourmaline. Pearl beads are also often used to compliment Lapis in jewelry designs. Lapis is a well known stone with a rich history. The name Lapis is derived from the Latin term for “stone,” and Lazuli originates from the Persian word for “sky” and was believed to be a “stone from the sky” due to its starry appearance. Archaeologists and historians have discovered Lapis in many ancient civilizations including the Ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and Babylonians. This stone was quite popular among ancient Egyptians, used in amulets, tombs, and rituals. Powdered Lapis was even used by Ancient Egyptians as eyeshadow. Today, most Lapis can be found in Afghanistan, Chile, and Siberia.  In gemstone healing, Lapis is thought to guide us towards our true purpose in life. This stone symbolizes heightened discernment, spiritual clarity, and the wisdom to learn more about ourselves. Lapis is also said to enhance communication due to its link with the throat chakra.

The name Lapis means 'blue stone' in Latin, which came from the ancient Persian word lazhuward. There was evidence it was mined around Afghanistan as early as the 7th millennium BCE. It is one of the most sought after stones in use since man's history began. Lapis was used to ornament the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun. It was one of the finest and most expensive blue pigments used by the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque. Lapis is known to stimulate wisdom and good judgement. It aids intellectual analysis, enhances memory, stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth, and understanding, and aids the process of learning.