March 31st 2020
In the past few years, I learned a lot about crystals and gemstones. Each stone has a unique story and unique properties. There are crystals that have been discovered in the past decades, and there are others that have been used and highly valued from ancient times.
Lapis Lazuli is one of the most valued stones from thousands of years, being worn by healers, priests, royalty for its remarkable properties. Cleopatra used the crushed powder of the Lapis Lazuli for her eye shadow design. The famous artist, Michelangelo used it in powder form for ultramarine pigments to paint the frescoes in the Sixtine Chapel. The Russian queen, Catherine the Great had an entire room with Lapis Lazuli walls.
Few people know that this stone with an astonishing blue color is actually a combination of various minerals including Lazurite, Pyrite, Sodalite, and Calcite. This beautiful blue stone can be found in Europe, Asia, and South America, the biggest Lapis Lazuli mines are in Afghanistan, Russia, Chile, and Canada.
Lapis Lazuli was highly valued by the ancient Egyptians being used to create amazing pieces, some of them world-famous like the death mask and the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen. This superb blue stone was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as well for talismans, amulets, pendants.
When you pay us a visit, you'll find in our shop a wide variety of Lapis Lazuli - tumbled stones, hearts, blades and jewelry pieces. My personal favorite is the Lapis Lazuli pendant which is not only a beautiful jewelry piece that complements even the most elegant outfit but also works as a powerful protective amulet. In our shop, you'll find only quality stones sourced directly from mines or from reliable rock dealers.