Lapis Lazuli Polished Rock 3 inch Natural Blue Stone Afghanistan #4

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Lapis Lazuli Polished Stone Piece

This lovely small piece of Lapis Lazuli is natural-not dyed-and freeform polished completely around. It is 3 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide and almost 1.75 inches thick.

Beautiful bright royal blue Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan! The name is a compound of "lapis", the Latin word for stone, and the Arabian word "azul", meaning blue.

For many people all over the world Lapis Lazuli is considered a stone of truth and friendship. The blue stone is said to bring about harmony in relationships.

The ancient Egyptians used Lapis in scarabs, beads, pendants, and other jewelry as far back as 3100 B.C. Lapis was also a stone of royalty in ancient Sumer and was treasured in China at least 2500 years ago. Catherine the great decorated a room in her palace with Lapis walls, fireplaces, doors, and mirror frames.

Buddhist believe Lapis brings inner peace and freedom from negative thoughts. In Europe Lapis is thought to cure various illnesses and to be an antidote for snakebite.

Lapis Lazuli is an opaque stone consisting mainly of Diopside and Lasurite. It was created millions of years ago in the course of metamorphosis process turning chalk into marble stone.

When unpolished, Lapis Lazuli seems dull and dark blue, often with golden inclusions (Pyrite) and whitish veins from marble.

Metaphysical Properties of Lapis: Lapis Lazuli helps one move one's consciousness beyond the mundane and to identify habits, patterns and lessons one may have difficulty perceiving consciously.