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Lapis Lazuli

Color: blue, violet.

Hardness: 5 - 6

Sources: Afghanistan, Russia, Burma, India, Angola, U.S.A. and Canada.

The name of the stone is derived among others from the Latin word lapis lazulus meaning “blue stone”.

It is one if the most ancient gems and was considered holy and very much valued by the ancients. Some claim that the Tables of the Testimony were written on this stone. In Egypt the priests used to wear it as a jewel that symbolized the power of the Gods. Lapis Lazuli was used for ornaments and jewelry and was also used for painting by the old masters who pulverized it. From the powder of the stone kohl (blue eye paint) was made and also certain drugs.

Lapis Lazuli is believed to help overcome negative mood and to help in making "good" decisions. It purifies and strengthens mentally, stimulating creativity and self –awareness. It helps developing ones ability to express oneself.

It is recommended for artists, writers, advertisers and lawyers. The stone is believed to have powers to purify the respiratory system and to absorb metals and toxins, therefore it is recommended to people working in toxic environments.

The stone protects children well.

The Lapis Lazuli suits mainly Sagittarius, Aquarius, Libras, and Taurus.