All about Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

Gemsations Sterling Silver and Lapis Lazuli Ring
Gemsations Sterling Silver and Lapis Lazuli Ring

What is Lapis Lazuli? Lapis Lazuli is not a pure mineral. Instead, it is a rock made up of a variety of minerals including lazurite, calcite and pyrite.

What color is Lapis Lazuli? Lapis Lazuli’s color depends on the proportions of its minerals, but it is mostly deep blue. If it has a lot of calcite, it will have more white spots that bring its value down. Lapis Lazuli usually has streaks of gold pyrite. The more pyrite, the more valuable the stone.

Where does Lapis Lazuli come from? The best Lapis Lazuli is usually from Afghanistan, but can come from other places around the world including Canada, Chile and the United States.

What are the metaphysical properties of Lapis Lazuli? Lapis Lazuli has been used for jewelry and carvings for thousands of years. The Egyptians even ground it to use as eye shadow! It is said to help expand one’s mind, awareness and viewpoint. Traditionally, it was the birthstone for December. It is also the anniversary gift for the 7th and 9th wedding anniversaries.

How do I clean and care for Lapis Lazuli ? Lapis Lazuli may be dyed and is usually covered with a protective coating. For this reason, avoid harsh cleaners, steam and ultrasonic cleaners. Lapis is best cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Lapis that is worn often may need to be polished regularly. As with all jewelry, take care not to strike it against a hard surface.

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