Mineral Species: N/A - combination of minerals
Colour: Royal blue.
Typical Appearance: Cystalline masses of bright royal blue, often with inclusions of white calcite and golden pyrite.
Chakra Alignment: Throat and Crown
Origin of Name & Mythology: The main component of Lapis Lazuli is lazurite, which creates its intense blue colour. It is relatively rare, and is mined almost exclusively in Afghanistan.
Lapis was highly prized by the ancient Egyptians, and artefacts containing lapis date from at least 3,100 BC. The Ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians prized Lapis Lazuli and called it the Stone of Rulers. It was particularly thought to bring wisdom, truth and insight. Dioscorides, a Greek physician from the mid-1st Century noted it as an antidote to snake venom, and slightly earlier the Assyrians used it as a cure for depression. There was a widespread belief that wearing it would deflect the Evil Eye.
Lapis Lazuli is a stone of wisdom, intellect, communication and nobility. It aids the dissemination of wisdom and knowledge, making it a good mineral for those who teach or are involved in public speaking, and especially helpful in this circumstance if worn near the throat.
Lapis connects with old issues concerning the Throat Chakra, including past life issues, and can help to gently untangle and release long-standing problems associated with the throat. As with other blue stones, it can bring balance and support to the thyroid and parathyroid. In many cultures it was (and is still) believed to bring tranquillity of mind and a connection with the Divine.
Lapis lazuli is associated with friendship, peace, relaxation and communication. It is aligned with the Throat and Third Eye Chakras. Lapis lazuli is believed to help us express ourselves, voice our true selves and is recommended for anyone who is introverted.
Lapis lazuli is also considered very cleansing and protects for physical danger, harmful intent and the Evil Eye.