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Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is a semiprecious stone valued for its deep blue colour. The exact colour of the stone varies because it is a mixture of minerals whose proportions vary depending on its source and exact composition. Some material is lighter blue or greenish blue, some a rich purple blue, almost black. The best colour is an intense deep blue.

The name of the gemstone is international in that ‘lapis’ comes from the latin word for stone, and ‘azul’ from the Arabian word for the colour blue. Therefore, Lapis Lazuli simply means blue stone.

Wedding anniversary:

Lapis Lazuli is the anniversary gemstone for the 7th and 9th year of marriage.

Healing ability:

The stone is said to increase psychic abilities. It is said to be a cure for melancholy and for certain types of fever. It also eliminates negative emotions and relieves sore throat pain.

Spiritual power:

Lapis Lazuli is believed to increase mental clarity, virility, and calm. It is a energy focuser for teachers, lecturers and speakers. Also enhances creative self-expression and is believed to be useful in relieving depression and promoting spirituality. Lapis Lazuli is also powerful during meditation.