Starry sky stone

In its natural state, lapis lazuli is a deep blue stone with yellowish-white speckles and veins. In ancient times, people mistook them for gold (in fact, it is sulfur pyrite), which is why the stone was considered very valuable. Pliny the Elder in 70, like many before him, compared lapis lazuli to flashes of lightning in a gloomy sky.

The hardness of lapis lazuli on the Mohs scale is 5.5 - the stone is quite fragile. It dissolves in hydrochloric acid with the release of hydrogen sulfide.

Lapis lazuli crystals are very rare, shaped like an octahedron or a rhombic dodecahedron. Usually lapis lazuli occurs in the form of fine- and medium-grained massive aggregates or veins in marble.

Often, lapis lazuli is also called a heterogeneous rock formed by a dense intergrowth of grains of lapis lazuli, sodalite, dolomite and calcite, sometimes with diopside and feldspars.

Lapis lazuli is mined in Afghanistan, Russia, Argentina, Chile, USA, Myanmar and Tajikistan.

The modern name of the stone appeared only in the Middle Ages. Interestingly, in the time of Pliny, this stone was called sapphire. Pliny gives such a description of it: “For sapphire also sparkles with specks like gold. It is also azure in color, although sometimes, but rarely, it is purple. In the words quoted, he describes in detail lapis lazuli, which has a blue color, sometimes turning purple, and very often contains scattered inclusions of pyrite, which resembles gold in brilliance and color.

Interestingly, in the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli was used in medicine and painting. In the medical reference books of that time, recipes are constantly found, according to which the so-called “Confectio Alkermes” were prepared from grated lapis lazuli, which, when taken orally in a certain amount, caused vomiting. Icon painters, as well as artists in later times, made expensive bright blue paint from lapis lazuli - ultramarine - by grinding the stone into powder and mixing with a binder (usually oil).

When God created the earth, water and sky out of chaos, he saw that the earth's firmament was very gloomy. Then he mixed a small part of the water and sky blue and sprinkled the earth. The hardened azure turned into a beautiful stone. This is how one of the Eastern legends tells about the origin of lapis lazuli.

Lapis lazuli is one of the brightest stones in mineralogy.⠀Astrologers believe that lapis lazuli reveals its energy to the maximum if its owner is born under the sign of Sagittarius or Libra. Representatives of other signs of the zodiac will not be harmed by the stone.

Lapis lazuli helps to get rid of negative energy: old grievances, difficult memories, thoughts. The magical properties of the mineral help its owner develop spiritually.

The wearer of lapis lazuli seems to be able to feel someone else's pain and resentment. When interacting with a stone, a person becomes wiser. Lapis lazuli also reduces anxiety levels due to its deep blue color.

The stone is used as an amulet of sincere relationships and true friendship. It contributes to the achievement of goals, helps to strengthen friendly relations. But it is not exactly.