History suggests that humans have been mining and using Lapis Lazuli in jewelry, amulets and sculptures for at least 6500 years. In fact, the mine that operates today in the Badakshan province of Afghanistan has been in operation since about 700BC, making it the oldest known commercial gemstone mine! It was valued for its intense blue color by the ancient Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks, and enjoyed the same esteem as other treasured blue stones such as sapphires.
Metaphysically, Lapis is thought to balance the throat chakra and expand intuitive skills, as well as imbibe the wearer with the power of full verbal expression. An ancient stone, it is also provides wisdom when dealing with the mystical/spiritual realms, and serves as a connection between the earth and spirit realms. It is also a protective stone, which is present in many ancient amulets and charms. It is a shield for negative energy, and returns any negative energy projected at the wearer back to its source.
From a design standpoint, there are many ways to utilize this powerful stone. It’s rich, saturated blue makes it a perfect match with many other stones. One of my favorite combos is Lapis, Turquoise and Red Jasper, with some Nepalese beads added in:
It also is stunning on its own, and can be paired with either gold or silver. We have plenty of Lapis in stock, both in bead form and in tumbled stones. Come on in and be entranced by this ancient treasure!