Rich Blue Lapis Lazuli

Rich Blue Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious gemstone prized for its rich blue color and golden flecks of pyrite. This quick read explains what lapis lazuli is, why it's special, and how to care for lapis jewelry:

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What is Lapis Lazuli?

Lapis lazuli is a metamorphic rock composed primarily of the mineral lazurite, along with varying amounts of calcite, sodalite, and pyrite. The term “metamorphic rocks” signifies they have undergone some sort of change through intense heat, pressure, or some combination e.g., volcanic activity.  Lapis lazuli has a vibrant blue color, ranging from deep azure to pale sky blue, makes it highly sought after for use in jewelry and decorative objects.

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Lapis lazuli has been used for thousands of years in art, jewelry, and ornaments, with some of the earliest known examples dating back to ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Samaria. 

Why is Lapis Lazuli Special?

Lapis lazuli is valued for several reasons:

Color: Lapis lazuli's intense blue color, often compared to the night sky, is striking and captivating.

History and Symbolism: Lapis lazuli has long been associated with royalty, spirituality, and wisdom. It has been used in religious artifacts, amulets, and talismans.

Pyrite Inclusions: The golden flecks of pyrite within lapis lazuli, known as "fool's gold," add a unique and attractive element to the stone, creating a shimmering effect known as "schiller."

Healing Properties: In alternative medicine and crystal healing practices, lapis lazuli is believed to have various metaphysical properties, including promoting inner peace, enhancing intuition, and stimulating creativity.

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How to Care for Lapis Lazuli Jewelry:

To keep your lapis lazuli jewelry looking beautiful, follow these care tips:

Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Lapis lazuli is susceptible to damage from harsh chemicals found in household cleaners, perfumes, and cosmetics. Remove your lapis jewelry before applying lotions, hairsprays, or perfumes, and avoid contact with household cleaners or chlorine bleach.

Clean Gently: To clean lapis lazuli jewelry, use a soft, damp cloth or a mild soap solution. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners or steam cleaners, as they can damage the stone or loosen settings.

Protect from Impact: Lapis lazuli is relatively soft compared to other gemstones, so it can scratch or chip if handled roughly or is dropped. Store your lapis jewelry separately from harder gemstones to prevent scratching. A soft pouch or jewelry box works great.

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Store Properly: When not wearing your lapis lazuli jewelry, store it in a soft pouch or jewelry box to protect it from scratches and dust. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight or extreme temperatures, as prolonged exposure can cause fading or discoloration.

Recharge: Some believe that lapis lazuli benefits from periodic exposure to natural light or moonlight to recharge its energy. Consider placing your lapis jewelry on a windowsill during the full moon or allowing it to soak up sunlight for a few hours.

By following these care tips, you can ensure that your lapis lazuli jewelry remains beautiful and well-preserved for years to come.

Our artist friends here at Sundara Joon have been hard at work making some beautiful pieces incorporating this special stone. Check their special jewelry out for yourself.

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