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Lapis Lazuli pendant with oakleaf reverse in Sterling Silver

$175.00
Lapis With Oakleaf reverse. The Ozark Mountains are so green and clear.
Oak, Maple, Pine and a myriad of other specie inspire many artists who
live here in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The oakleaf on this piece is from
the Blackjack Oak. The Lapis is from Afghanistan. 1 1/4"x 2 1/2"

Lapis is considered a rock, not a mineral. It combines various minerals, mostly lazurite, but also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (fools' gold, a metallic yellow) and to be considered a mineral it would have only one component.

Top quality lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan where is has been mined for more than 6000 years, but is also found in Siberia, Chile, the U.S., Pakistan, and Canada.

A strong blue, sometimes with a hint of violet, lapis lazuli's value decreases with the presence of white patches (calcite), while small veins of pyrite are often prized.

The Egyptians used Lapis for seals, ground it for an eyelid cosmetic and often carved it into vases and figurines.

Strengthens total awareness, creativity, ESP, skeleton, thyroid, helps to expand viewpoint. It is believed to improve sleep and cure insomnia.

The Romans used lapis as an aphrodisiac.

During ancient times lapis was ground up and used for medicinal purposes as well as a cosmetic. The ground powder was mixed with milk and used as a compress to relieve ulcers and boils and, during the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli was believed to maintain the skeleton in healthy condition while keeping the spirit free from the negative emotions of fear and jealousy.

Lapis is used to energize the throat chakra and when placed over the brow chakra it induces a heightened state of awareness.

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