And here we have a new heading – history of the product. But not that boring, which was at school! It’s a history of jewelry and the materials from which they are made. Today I have quite pensive mood and so I decided to tell you about such a beautiful stone like lapis lazuli.
Such rock, that is composed almost from 40% of lazurite has a name of lapis lazuli. The richest reservoir of it is in Afghanistan, where the following varieties among the lapis lazuli are distinguished as : the valuable Niili (indigo blue), less valuable Asmani (sky-blue) and the cheap one – Sufsi (greenish-blue).
Lapis lazuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color. Lapis lazuli was being mined in northeast Afghanistan as early as the 7th millennium BCE. Lapis beads have been found at neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania.It was used for the eyebrows, among other features, on the funeral mask of Tutankhamun!
This beautiful dark blue stone is a powerful talisman. It is believed that lapis lazuli jewelry should be worn by people who are used to be among people, whose work involves communicating with audience and public relations. Some very interesting options for amulets and talismans you can find the in the online store at the website nammu.com:
It is an exact replica of the existing amulets ( 7000 years ago) and widely used on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. As then, used first quality natural lapis lazuli. Carved by a hand of a skilled craftsmen.
In Assyria, Babylon and ancient Egypt lapis lazuli was regarded as one of the most expensive stones.
Figures from lapis lazuli are found in the Egyptian pyramids. In ancient China, this stone was a symbol of power.
According to the legend, Moses laws were carved with corundum on the planks made of lapis lazuli.
The name of the stone, which appeared in the Middle Ages, goes back to the Arabic word ozul- “sky”, “blue”, and to the Persian lazurite – «blue». It is no coincidence lapis lazuli has been often figuratively called the “stone the sky” in the East.
At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary.
Even the name “Lapis Lazuli” gives a representation of the beauty of this stone, which resembles the sky of its velvety blue or purple surface. Such brightly saturated mineral is especially appreciated in the jewelry industry and is used for making rings, brooches, earrings and signet rings.
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Semi-precious stone lapis lazuli has a rich history. Lots of nations appreciate lapis lazuli, considering it as a stone symbolizing the strong friendship. In Europe, lapis lazuli is considered to be a symbol of prosperity and luck; in India – of true and faithful love.
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Lapis approaches such zodiacal signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces.
The most important for the jewelry industry is a gorgeous dark blue stone from Afghanistan and Tajikistan, which differs not only by amazing color, but also by uniform patches of pyrite, which are resembling stars, scattered on the dome of velvet southern night.
Jewelry with lapis lazuli looks very presentable and attractive, but it should be protected from bright sunlight and acids.
In olden times brides were putting on lapis lazuli necklace on the wedding day, so that it they could become a real home guardians – gentle, wise and hospitable. A ring with a lapis lazuli inserts, which wife gave to her husband, saved a spouse against accidental alters.
Lithotherapists used lapis lazuli in the treatment of many diseases. In diseases of heart and vessels it is ordered to wear lapis lazuli bracelet on the left hand or a brooch on the left breast. To get rid of radiculitis, you have to wear a belt with lapis lazuli inserts and rings – against arthrosis. Lapis is also considered as the good remedy for a variety of neurological disorders – depressions and tantrums, insomnia and stress.
Even in ancient India, lapis lazuli was used not only for making sacred attributes, but also for medicinal purposes. The “Ayurveda” said that this “celestial” stone strengthens the physical body, mind and consciousness.
In ancient times people believed that lapis bracelet is able to protect a child from a wide variety of diseases.
I hope you like this “education” post and you are inspired by the stone as well as I do. And if you want to add to your collection of jewelry a bit of magical blueness, visit nammu.com and you will find products with this material. If you are following our blog, you will be able to take an advantage of a discount at this shop (10%.) Use this discount code: TRENDS, while shopping.
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