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This item is a polished Lapis Lazuli stone shaped into a sphere that measures approximately 2-inches in diameter. This Lapis Lazuli is a vivid blue with stripes of calcite and specks of Pyrite throughout. These stones are AAA grade quality from Afghanistan.
Lapis Lazuli, or Lapis for short, is a deep blue metamorphic rock utilized as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color. The stone was utilized as jewelry and amulets in ancient Egypt. At the end of the Middle Ages, Lapis Lazuli began to be exported to Europe from Afghanistan. It was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. Many famous artworks from the 16th-19th century utilized the pigment of Lapis Lazuli for the blue, such as frescos of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer, and many more. Lapis Lazuli is rated between 5 and 5.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Lapis is one the oldest spiritual stones known to man. Lapis Lazuli is associated with truth and wisdom. It is thought to promote honesty, friendship, socialization, and dignity. From antiquity, Lapis Lazuli has been worn in the belief that it will ward off evil. Lapis is associated with the throat and third eye chakra.
Each piece is similar, though no item at Crystal Joys is exactly the same as every item uses a unique stone that is non-fabricated. Every item at Crystal Joys is truly "one of a kind". Slight variations in color, size and bead shape exist.