Mohs Hardness: 5-6. Lapis lazuli is a rock, not a mineral and is formed from more than one mineral. The finest colour is intense blue, lightly dusted with small flecks of golden pyrite. Stones with no white calcite veins and only small pyrite inclusions are more prized. Lapis lazuli is a relatively rare, semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense blue color. The English word azure, the French azur, the Italian azzurro, the Spanish and the Portuguese azul are cognates. Taken as a whole, lapis lazuli means "stone of Lazhward". Lapis lazuli has been mined in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan for over 6,000 years, and trade in the stone is ancient enough for lapis jewelry to have been found at Predynastic Egyptian sites, could also be found in the Siwa Oasis in the Western Libyan desert, and lapis beads at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania.
LAPIS LAZULI - associated with truthfulness, openness, inner power, love, purification, intuition, a sense of wonder and mystery, positive magic, self-confidence, virility, manifestation, an appreciation of mystery, psychic ability and tranquillity. This stone is also considered strengthening to mind and body. Lapis lazuli allows us to tap our own inner power while purifying the soul and the thoughts. Helps us contact
our spirit guardians.
Lapis Lazuli Stone of total awareness, activates throat, third eye and crown chakras, emotional balancing, PMS, protection, insomnia, dreaming, women's healing, depression, infections.
The Twelve Tribes of Israel In Exodus 28:17-21, specific gemstones were associated with the twelve tribes of Israel. People of Jewish heritage may wish to select their birthstones based on tribal names. Historians have complied several lists of which stone goes with each name. Lapis Lazuli is associated with the tribe of Issachar.