Lapis Lazuli Crystal: Meanings, Properties, Uses, Benefits & More

Lapis Lazuli is one of the most beautiful stones out there. The famous ‘Ultramarine Blue’ of the Renaissance was made from powdered bits of Lapis and it’s been a popular choice for small statuary, jewelry, and even powerful talismans for a very long time.

In today’s article, we’re going to explore it’s many uses, and approach these from a number of different directions that we think you will enjoy. We’ll talk about this blue stone’s use in Runic work, as well as what it can do on a room-by-room basis for enhancing your home’s Feng Shui. We’ll even take it apart with Numerology to give you a little look ‘under the hood’ to see if what you’ve heard about the stone is reflected in the numbers.

We’ll be including these little treats and more, so read on to learn a little more about Lapis Lazuli – the ‘original’ Sapphire of lore!

Getting Started With Lapis Lazuli- A Quick Profile

Color: Light to dark, Ultramarine blue

Rarity: Common

Found in: Afghanistan, Iran (Persian Lapis), Chile, Siberia, Myanmar, and the United States (mostly in California and in Colorado)

Most commonly used for: Unblocking the Throat Chakra, speaking and communicating confidently, warding off negative influences, increasing psychic ability

Description: Lapis Lazuli is not a mineral, but a stone, made up of Lazurite, Pyrite, and Calcium. Afghani and ‘Persian (Modern day Eastern Iran) Lapis will have little to no Pyrite in it’s composition, making this variety a deeper, medium-blue than most other types that are mined. It is most distinctively noted for it’s rich, dark blue, which was coveted by Artists in the Renaissance that ground it and mixed pigments it to create the famous ‘Ultramarine Blue’ paint.

Lapis Lazuli Properties

Lapis Lazuli has long been considered to be a stone of wisdom and protection. It is said to make communications succinct, honest, and deep, and it is also said to strengthen friendship and relationships alike. Priests and royalty in many civilizations have used it as protection from the evil eye and it is said to increase psychic ability in the ones who carry or wear it.

It can also increase favorable attention, helping one to increase their standing in the workplace or in the performing arts. As far as healing, this is another area where Lapis shines, as this lovely blue stone is believed to aid in both physical and in emotional healing.

With its communication aspects and the deep, blue color of the stone, it is considered to be excellent for working with the throat Chakra but this is not it’s only use in Chakra work (don’t worry, we’ll elaborate on this in our Chakra section!). Finally, powdered and worn around the eyes, it was believed to promote healthy eyesight – a use that the Egyptians quite commonly employed.

Lapis Lazuli Meaning

Lapis Lazuli has a very rich history, which we will discuss in more detail in our ‘history’ section, but it would be impossible to go into its symbolism without a few quick references to what Lapis has meant in different cultures.

For Egyptians, the vibrant blue of Lapis was representative of the sky above, but also of ‘truth’, which they called ‘Ma’. Lapis was often fashioned to represent Ma and worn by their High Priests, but it was also a common funerial practice to fashion it in the shape of Tet, a masonry symbol that imparted protection on the deceased for their journey through the afterlife.

For the Assyrians, it was one of the 7 sacred stones worn by Kings, but most often this was a stone that represented a sort of communion with the divine. Chinese Emperors would often have them on their girdles and in Sumerian myths, even the Gods and Goddesses often has this stone.

It’s might against evil is even recognized in Biblical tales, where Solomon’s mighty ring that allowed him to control and force demons to build his temple was said to have Lapis Lazuli set within it. Based on it’s reception throughout many cultures, it seems clear that wisdom, communication, and divine energies are all considered to be symbolized in this famous blue stone.

Lapis Lazuli as a Birthstone

While not an ‘official’ birthstone, Lapis Lazuli is considered to be a semi-precious backup stone for the months of September and December. For September, Lapis Lazuli may be used to substitute the Sapphire (which Lapis was sometimes identified as in old texts) and in December, it’s considered a good substitute for Turquoise.

In Vedic Astrology, it is considered to be a stone of Saturn, and it is considered a suitable stone for the Zodiac signs of Taurus, Capricorn, Sagittarius, and Libra.

Lapis Lazuli Numerology

Using Numerology on stones happens to be an excellent means of getting a behind-the-scenes look at the energies that are associated with it. You’ll find that this science actually meshes quite well with the lore attached to stones, and those who carry a Lapis already may not be very surprised at what they are about to see here.

So, how does Lapis Lazuli measure up when we analyze it? In the sections to follow, we’ll take a look at exactly that, though for the purposes of this analysis we will view ‘Lapis Lazuli’ as a single word, rather than dividing it into two. This will give us a good amount of accurate detail without adding too many layers of complexity in our interpretation.

That said, let’s look at how this stone measures-up from a Numerological standpoint!

Personality Number

The ‘Personality number’ is the general energy that this stone sends into the world and we calculate it by adding up the consonants of the name and reducing it to it’s core number.

  • Lapis Lazuli
    • L+P+S+L+Z+L
    • 3+7+1+3+8+3=25
    • 2+5=7

Major Influence Number: 7

7 is the major number for the ‘personality’ energies of Lapis Lazuli and this is a number of observation, analysis, and quick recognition of patterns. It’s driven by intuition, so think of it a sort of magnifier for ‘gut instincts’ and you’ve got the right idea. A combination of both Scorpio and Virgo type energies, it evokes a feeling of creativity at the same time that it sharpens your focus.

Minor Influence Numbers: 3

As a minor number, we have 3 present in the ‘Personality’ aspects of Lapiz Lazuli, and this is a number of inspired communication. Think of it as that feeling you get from hearing a perfect lyric or reading a sweet, but succinct line of poetry. This influence helps Lapiz to inspire artists, writers, and orators in it’s proximity.

Heart’s Desire Number

The ‘Heart’s Desire’ is the motivation and goals to which this stone is most aligned. This is determined by the count of the vowels in the name, broken down to their essential number.

  • Lapis Lazuli
    • A+I+A+U+I
    • 1+9+1+3+9=23
    • 2+3=5

Major Influence Number: 5

Aligned with an open-minded and free-thinking nature, 5 is a number that embodies the joys of being alive. Think of the curious wonder that you had as a child just smelling flowers or making cloud shapes, for instance, or savoring the taste of your favorite meal. This influence stimulates the need to experience life with all of the 5 senses towards the goal of discovery, which is an excellent way to learn a few lessons that have been hidden ‘right under your nose’.

Minor Influence Numbers: 1, 9

As minor influence numbers, we first has the number 1, which is associated with leadership and the drive to push forward, even into the unknown. This can be an excellent influence, but one must be careful – 1 is also the loneliest number, at times, if you let the feeling set you too far apart from others.

9 is our second minor influence number and this is one that is indicative of an old soul, which is quite fitting indeed with Lapis and its long association with the gods, royalty, and the clergy. Think of it as a push towards higher consciousness that is guided by map drawn by instinct and you’ve got a pretty good mental image of what 9 represents.

Destiny Number

The ‘Destiny number indicates how the stone effects are expressed towards one’s goals and it is determined by calculating the total of all of the letters on the name and reducing them to their core number.

  • Lapis Lazuli
    • L+A+P+I+S+L+A+Z+U+L+I
    • 3+1+7+9+1+3+1+8+3+3+9=48
    • 4+8=12
    • 1+2=3

Major Influence Number: 3

Working towards your goals, Lapis has 3 as it’s major influence number, and this is inspired communication. Lapis is associated with the Throat Chakra and has long been considered to be excellent for defeating shyness and speaking eloquently, and the numbers behind that definitely seem to make a good case for this.

Minor Influence Numbers: 1, 3, 9

Carrying on into the minor influences, you’ll notice right away that 3 is present again, further reinforcing Lapis Lazuli’s ability to aid you through empowered communication. We also have 9, the old soul, to make even new paths that the bearer walks on seem to be familiar or even well-worn, and the influence of 1 which is also present at a minor influence also adds the drive to move forward and even to lead others in this direction. However you look at it, Lapiz Lazuli definitely seems to possess quite a lot of ‘pull’ when it comes to oratory and artistic influence, making it easy to understand its popularity throughout the years.

Feng Shui Advantages of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is an excellent addition for a number of places around your home. This blue stone is deeply tied to Earth energies and is a perfect fit for two Baguas, which you’ll tell you a little about shortly.

In this section, we’re going to go room by room and give you some suggestions as to how the presence of Lapis can benefit these areas and enhance the atmosphere and overall Feng Shui of your home for everyone who dwells within or visits. Let’s take a look!

Baguas: Qian and Gen

Qian, the Bagua of helpful people and of travel, is a good place to place a bit of polished Lapiz Lazuli, as this can help the loner types out there to bring their friends and others who can help them ‘back into the fold’, inviting support and individual wisdom that we too often forget that we need.

This brings us to Gen, the Feng Shui Bagua of knowledge, which is yet another location that you should really consider for placing Lapiz Lazuli. This will aid you in growing your knowledge and is particularly useful if you find yourself running into the same issues over and over when trying to learn something in particular. Lapis will help you to see these patterns before you can get tangled up in them and further provide some additional drive and motivation to push ahead.

Bathroom

Placed in the bathroom, Lapiz Lazuli can help to take those sleepy, waking thoughts and order them quickly so that your daily routine can run on automatic, while your mind is free to wander. The influence of Lapis can also help you to start with the attitude of enjoying and experiencing every minute of the day ahead, by encouraging you to re-examine your life each day through the filter of your individual senses.

Bedroom

For lovers who are old souls, Lapis Lazuli can help to encourage expression of this and help to heighten intimacy in those so enlightened. Old soul or no, the adventurous spirit and the love of satiating all the senses that this stone provides can help to keep things in the bedroom both spicy and deeply sensual.

It can also encourage truthful dreaming, though you should write down what you dream as the symbology can be a bit overwhelming at a glance and will definitely warrant further analysis.

Entrance

Placed at the entrance, Lapis can help to encourage independent thought and an atmosphere where speaking one’s mind is not taboo, but encouraged. Old souls who pass the threshold will also find your dwelling quite comfortable and the evening ahead might well be long and highly interesting.

Kitchen

If your dining area is attached to the kitchen, then a little Lapis can go a long way, helping to encourage conversation so that the mind is fed at the same time as the body. It will also open those around the stone to ‘take their time’ with both the meal and the conversation, savoring the aspects and finer nuances of both so that the dining experience is the way that it’s supposed to be – something to nurture both the spirit and the flesh.

Living Room

Placed in the living room, Lapiz Lazuli can help your guests and family member to get along wonderfully, with their communication inspired so that everyone feels that they’ve both spoken and been well-heard. If you have a desk or a ready palette in this area, this is also perfect for Lapis, as it can help in personal expression on the canvas or the page and you’ll be pleased with the results that you get.

Chakras and Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is an excellent choice as a Chakra Stone for Vishuddha, the Throat Chakra. As it inspires creative speech and communication, Lapis matches well with the Throat Chakra, and the blue color of the stone is a perfect match for the blue sphere that is Vishiddu.

Worn on a necklace around the throat, Lapis can work in the background to help ensure that blockage of this Chakra does not occur or it can help to remove any existing blockage, encouraging the shy not only to speak, but to speak well.

Lapis Lazuli is also quite the spiritual stone, said to encourage psychic ability and to ward off negative energies, spirits, and some of the WORSE things out there, making this also a good fit for Ajna, the ‘Third-eye Chakra’.

As its symbol is much like an eye with a triangle, a piece of jewelry with Lapiz and a red stone, such as Garnet or Jasper, and a purple one such as Amethyst might be arranged in the form of a triangle, so that Ajna’s purple is represented fully in the Amethyst and in part with the other two colors which combine to make it.

Jewelry such as this can enhance one’s perception and help to prevent or break blockage of the Third-eye.

Elder Futhark Runes and the Suitability of Lapis Lazuli

In this section we are going to take a look at how Lapis Lazuli may be used with divinatory and other Rune works. We’ll start off by exploring the benefits of using it to host an entire set and then we’re going to break this down a bit, letting you know which Runes we fill will pair the best with Lapis as their host. This will help you to see if you wish to choose an entire Lapis set or wish to create a specialized one that will contain one or more Lapis stones for specific runes. Both are great options, so take a look at the information below and see what you think!

Lapis Lazuli Stones as a Complete Set

As a complete set, Lapis Runes are a powerful choice. Blue is the color of Odin, for one thing, and definitely a color of those things which are hidden. While the movies have taught us that wearing all black makes you invisible in the night, dark blue actually does a much better job, making you appear to be part of it rather than darker than your surroundings.

Thus, the deep blue of Lapis stones is already quite fitting.

Add in that it is a strong stone of communication and intuitive understanding, and a Rune set of Lapis definitely shapes-up as an excellent stone for hosting all of your Runes or some very specific ones that you wish to empower. Let’s proceed by looking at the ones that will benefit most from this stone.

Lapis Lazuli Use for Specific Runes

Creating a Rune set composed of many different stones takes a bit of time but can really produce an amazingly powerful set. Even if you don’t take it further and mix specific inks and paints to illuminate the carved Runes, choosing a specific stone that resonates with specific choices of yours enhances them aesthetically and in a number of subtly and useful ways. To help you with this, we’ve selected 5 runes that we feel would be excellent fits for hosting upon Lapis Lazuli. Take a look and see what you think!

Ansuz

Ansuz is the rune of speech and communication, making Lapis a perfect fit, and it’s also a Rune that is considered to be very aligned to Odin, with some saying that the shape of the Rune itself is meant to be that of a tattered and well-worn traveller’s cloak blowing in the wind. Add in that the stone is Blue, which is Odin’s color, and you’ve got a recipe for a very powerful representation of Ansuz in your Runic set.

Hagalaz

Hagalaz is the rune of hail, which is representative of a dangerous transformation. The Rune poem for Hagalaz tells us how it falls from storm-torn skies but also that it transforms into life-giving water. This mesh of ice, Earth, and life is a good fit for hosting on the deep blue of Lapis stone. Knowledge is often hard won, after all, and the urge to explore and learn that Lapis provides can help you to make the use of the dangerous, but transformative energies of Hagalaz.

Nauthiz

If you look at the shape of Nauthiz then you will see that it is a straight line, with a line slanted across it, much like the shape that you make when you are rubbing two sticks together. Nauthiz is ‘need’, or ‘need fire’, which is the creative inspiration that drives us to produce creative innovations that help us to survive – just like rubbing two sticks together desperately in the cold to make sparks and hope that they catch!

While you could use Lapis as a host for Nauthiz for divination, it is better suited for creating a talisman when times are tough and you need to evoke that creativity that has saved you so many times throughout the years. Paint the rune in red within the carving or simply atop the stone so that you may wear it in jewelry or carry it in your pocket and it can help you.

Kenaz

While Nauthiz is ‘creativity when you need it to survive’, Kenaz is creativity for creativity’s sake. The shape of the Rune looks rather like the mathematical ‘less than’ sign, but I you look at the older form of the rune, Kauniz, then you get a better glimpse into it’s meaning. Kenaz means ‘torch’ and represents the harnessing of dangerous fire into something controlled and very useful.

Lapis Lazuli can be a great host for this rune, with the blue color representing the dusk to come, while the red Rune of Kenaz can be that controlled fire of your creativity. This is a good fit for both divination or for setting a Lapiz in jewelry to help inspire your art, speech, or other public performances.

Othala

Othala is the rune of ancestral property and while this is embodied in the home (especially old homes where generations have lived), it is also your ancestors which came before you. In old Norse tradition, these spirits would be invited to the house to protect those within as only family could, and their ties to the family made them fierce defenders of the home indeed! Offerings of food and drink were made on holidays and other special days and stories would be told of these ancestors to keep their name and deeds alive.

Lapis Lazuli is a good fit for Othala because of the ‘old soul’ aspects of the stone. The creativity that it evokes, along with the intuitive knowledge and analysis of patterns is an energy that resonates quite well with the collective knowledge of one’s family throughout the generations.

Carved on a Lapis and placed above the entrance or the hearth, this can help protect the home, and it is also a good fit for a customized set of Runes, as our ancestry and our current family affect the patterns of our life in many different ways and a Lapis Othala can help to remind you of this in your readings.

Creative Ways to Use Lapis Lazuli

A cabochon of Lapis Lazuli, affixed to Rose Quartz and kept in the bedroom, can help to enhance intimacy by promoting a more comfortable atmosphere for expressing those parts of us that we’re often shy or even feel ‘blocked’ from expressing. If affixing it is not desirable, a simple circle of Lapis around the stone will suffice and also look quite lovely in this most private of rooms.

For those who perform in theatre, paint, or speak publicly, simply carrying Lapis can help, but you can further enhance it with an Ansuz rune carved into it as previously described or a larger piece might be carefully painted with a piece or poetry or inspiration quote that one holds close, in order to encourage wisdom and thoughts in a similar vein.

Worn at the wrist, it can help with deep depression, strengthening the survival instinct and passing along these energies through the blood flow, and the sky-blue coloration can help one to remember in the night that a new day is just around the corner if you hold on!

Placed in the ‘study’ area of the home, it can help to encourage the hungry devouring of knowledge at the same time that it focuses you on seeing the patterns of what you’re reading and learning and how they manifest in your life. This can help you to gain a more intuitive understanding and keep you on track if there’s something you’ve been intending to learn but you keep getting distracted.

Lapis Lazuli as a Meditation Tool

For our mediation today, we’re going to use Lapis Lazuli as a meditation tool for self-contemplation, more specifically for helping one to learn to trust their instincts again. While we’ve done Chakras before, we’re going to mix things up a bit today and give you a meditation based in part on old Viking lore.

When Odin first gained knowledge of the Runes, he did so through a sacrifice which the god described as ‘sacrificing myself to myself’. Learning to trust your instincts is much like this, as often we get the urge to steer away or towards things that we ultimately avoid, which end up to be scenarios that could have helped us.

To do this mediation which we’ll call ‘Self to Self’, sit yourself comfortably on the couch or simply cross-legged on the floor with your Lapis Lazuli in your hand so that you can easily look down upon it. Begin your breathing exercises, so that you can get into the right mindset, and if you don’t have any memorized then you can use our favorite simple one of ‘3-3-3’. Breathe in for 3 seconds, hold it for 3, and breath out for 3 seconds.

Keep your eyes closed while you do this until the breathing becomes automatic and you don’t have to think about it at to maintain it. At this point, open your eyes and focus on the Lapis Lazuli stone, and say ‘I saw but said naught.’. Close your eyes, holding the image of the Lapis in them, and think only of how it feels in your hand and of the deepness of the color, so that all other thought is pushed out.

Open your eyes again, looking at the stone, and say ‘I saw and I thought and I thought’, closing your eyes again. This time, let any random thought or visualizations that come simply enter and fill your mind, without trying to steer the process. If you find your mind wandering, just look at the ‘lights’ behind the back of your eyelids and focus on these for a moment, before letting go to see what thoughts come to you.

When you feel ready, open your eyes again and look upon the Lapis and say ‘I paid heed to the words of myself”.

Let the weight of this last sentence fill you, because that is the lesson of this meditation. It’s easy to think that we always listen to ourselves but if we’re honest, too often we let external stimuli from the world and the people around us push us into decisions that are the easiest – but not often the best.

Twice more, say ‘I paid heed to the worlds of myself’ and you are done. Practice this mediation nightly for a week or at least 2 of 3 times in one. You’ll see for yourself what a difference this little reminder can make and this is an important lesson – it’s hard to get anywhere if you can’t even trust yourself!

Is Lapis Lazuli Expensive to Obtain?

Lapis Lazuli can be purchased cheaply, although higher end pieces such as Afghani or Persian Lapis Lazuli can cost quite a bit more. This means that ‘basic’ Lapis can cost as little as $1 per carat, while the extremely fancy pieces can fetch as much as $100-$150 per carat!

The cheaper forms come from Serbia and from Russia, as well as Chile, so you can certainly still get some Lapis for yourself. The biggest difference with the more expensive varieties it that they tend to be a darer blue and there is little or no pyrite present in their makeup.

Check around at a Gem and Mineral show or a shop in your neighborhood and you can see some stones of varying grades for yourself. The cheaper ones are still quite beautiful, so let the stone’s influence guide you into going with your gut when you’re deciding which stones you will be taking home.

How Can You Tell if Lapis Lazuli Is Genuine?

Picking out Lapis for the first time can be a little difficult, as most of us are just going to check if it’s blue and follow that by looking for the bluest one. That’s not necessarily the best tactic, however, so here are a few tips to help you avoid the fakes and get a true, beautiful Lapis Lazuli of your very own!

We’ll break it down into 6 categories and expand on each. These are the things to look for:

  • Imperfections that indicate the right makeup
  • Dye marks or evidence of resins
  • Opacity
  • Hardness
  • Price
  • Ultramarine aspects

Imperfections That Indicate the Right Makeup

You need to know a little bit about what makes up Lapiz Lazuli in order to see through the fakes. Lapis Lazuli is composed of 3 basic components, which break down to Lazurite (25 – 40% of the stone), Calcite, and Pyrite (aka ‘Fool’s Gold’). In the higher-end Lapis there will be little or no Pyrite, but the white calcium and the dark blue of the Lazurite will still be present. In lower-end Lapis, the Lazurite may be green to dark blue and the Pyrite will definitely be there, along with the white lines of calcium.

It’s important to know how Lapis is composed because with fakes, you’re often presented with what amounts to just a ‘really blue stone’ and they look really good, until you examine them a bit. If you don’t see evidence of pyrite or calcium, along with irregularities of color, then you might want to be a bit suspect of the Lapis, especially if it’s super blue and priced ‘to go’!

Dye Marks or Evidence of Resins

Lapis Lazuli fakes are often dyed, and this is another case where too much regular color at a bargain price should definitely get you to thinking twice. Often resins are used to create a single stone, which basically amounts to gluing bits of stone together. This is often referred to as ‘reconstructed Lapis’ and a little scratching with your fingernail should help you to notice the resins a little better if they are well hidden from the eyes.

Opacity

Lapiz Lazuli is opaque, although some of the more exceptional pieces will be a deep Ultramarine color that almost seems to have a little depth to it. If you have a stone that seems almost clear or a deep ultramarine color that’s somehow uniform across the entire stone, you should definitely be suspicious unless it’s confirmed as Afghan or Persian Lapis. Ask where it’s from, without mentioning those countries, and see what they say, but if it’s that blue and not very expensive, there’s probably a good reason for it.

Hardness

Lapis Lazuli has a hardness on Mohs scale at about 5.5. This is about the same as glass, but your fingernails are 2.5 and a penny is around 3.5, so see if you can scratch it with a penny. If you can, that’s not Lapis.

Price

Never forget, if the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. High end Lapis can go for as much as $100 to $150 per carat, so a vendor has no reason to do you any special favors. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any bargains out there, of course, just that a little skepticism can be a healthy thing to carry around with you from time to time!

Ultramarine Aspects

Do a little research on the color Ultramarine. Lapis Lazuli was powdered and used to make coveted Ultramarine paint, and familiarizing yourself with this color can really make a huge difference. There’s blue, you see, and BLUE and Lapis definitely falls into that capitalized category. So, take a fun little research detour and get a good look at Ultramarine. This is the kind of blue that you want in your Lapis of you can get it!

How to Clean Your Lapis Lazuli

Lapiz Lazuli can be cleaned with warm and soapy water, but be warned – if the Lapis is fake, you might end up with a little blue dye on your cloth! Make sure that exposure to the water is very brief, as well, because real Lapis, when it is soaked for too long, can release Sulphur into the water which comes from the Pyrite portion of it’s makeup.

Due to this, you don’t want to put Lapis in your bath or in any water that you will be drinking later!

Make sure that you dry it well and with Lapis Jewelry, see what your Jeweler recommends. While you can polish it with aluminum oxide, your Jeweler should have some better options for you that won’t be at risk with the reactive composition of this stone.

Preparing Your Lapis Lazuli Before Use

Preparing your Lapis for use in meditation, works, or creating Runes can be done any number of ways. You can use Sage smudge sticks or Frankincense incense if you like, or even a sprinkling of salt and a soap and water cleaning after this.

You can consecrate it in moonlight, as well, but don’t leave it out in the sun to purify it. That Ultramarine color is sensitive to heat and light and this could fade your stone. Burying it underground overnight or for a numerologically significant number of days (such as 9 nights for Runes) is also a great way to prepare your Lapis for use.

History on Lapis Lazuli Throughout the Ages

Lapis Lazuli has a very rich history, with the first jewelry finds of this stone dating back over 6000 years ago to early Pakistan, in a place that is called Balochistan today, but was formerly called Mehrgarh. There the pieces of Lapis that have been found were available in many shapes, with squares and beads being the most popular, with a lot of flakes and partially worked pieces also being found in a number of digs.

The ancient Egyptians, however, REALLY loved Lapis, and while peridot was Cleopatra’s favorite stone, she often wore powdered Lapis Lazuli as eyeshadow on her upper eyelids. This stone was also quite popular for funerary amulets, along with daily jewelry for the living, and Lapis Lazuli is even mentioned in the Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead’, whose 140th chapter describes creating a powerful talisman by shaping Lapis into the form of an eye and setting it in gold!

Sumerian tombs contained a lot of lapis, although instead of amulets they likes to make it into dishes and statues, such as of birds and deer, and Lapis Lazuli was often used to seal cylindrical containers. Lapis was also mentioned in quite a few ancient texts, such as in Hebrew and Greek accounts, where it was described as being Sapphire. The way that know they are describing Lapis is due to the descriptions of those ‘sapphires’, which all have telltale ‘sprinklings’ of gold on them, a reference to the pyrite in their composition.

Pliny gives us one such description, while you can find another one that’s quite similar in Hebrew scripture, specifically Job 28:6 – so you can think of Lapis as ‘The Original Sapphire’, if you like, before Corundum took that title!

Romans used to believe it was an aphrodisiac, but due to its tendency to add Sulphur to liquids that it is immersed in, we’re hoping that it’s use was more talismanic rather than as some sort of aphrodisiac-spice, as that seems like it would definite hurt more than help your chances of a ‘randy’ evening.

The most common period of history that most are aware of where Lapis is concerned, however, is the Renaissance period. During this time, Lapis was ground up and used as a pigment for creating the highly coveted ‘Ultramarine Blue’. This would continue until a synthetic could be found in the 19th century, where the wonders of world trade in our modern day mean that Lapis is no longer limited to royalty, priests, and wealthy artists.

Everyone can have a little of their own and we highly recommend it. The blue that you’ll see in a really nice Lapis is truly out of this world!

Some Final Words on Using Lapis Lazuli

In today’s article we’ve taken an in-depth look at one of the stones that is highly treasured across the world. The trademark Ultramarine Blue of Lapis Lazuli has been copied and synthesized, but nothing quite matches the original.

Good for meditation work, carrying as a charm, or for Chakra work, it’s uses are many and varied, but it’s worth having at home for even the simple aesthetics alone. So, get yourself a bit of Lapis Lazuli and take your time to make sure that you find a pretty, perfect, and genuine piece. That way you can bring it home and see if all of those kings, priests, artists, and even emperors were on to something special.

With Lapis Lazuli and the history behind it, we strongly suspect that they were!