This beautiful stone is such a gorgeous deep blue with gold (Pyrite) flecks in it. It has
been appreciated (and mined for) since the 7th millenium BC. It was highly prized by the Indus Valley Civilisation which was a Bronze Age Civilisation in the North Western regions of South Asia.
The stone was used in King Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus. It was also buried in the Sumerian tomb of Queen Puabi. Allegedly, Cleopatra used the ground up stone as eyeshadow as well.
· Alternative birthstone for September
· Zodiac stone for Sagittarius, Taurus and Libra
· Said to assist wisdom, truth and awareness
· Also claims to aid the process of learning and enhance memory
· Stone of friendship and brings harmony to relationships
· Can be used in a grid format to bring calm to homes with children with ADHD, Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
In the middle ages it was exported to Europe and was ground down to make ultramarine which was the finest and most expensive pigment that was used in paintings. It was the pigment that was the colour of the Virgin Mary’s clothing in the Renaissance and Baroque period. This stone was as expensive as gold. This pigment was the only one that didn’t turn to green or black over time. It also had an iridescence to it which made it such a beautiful addition to the painting. Vermeer used lapis lauzli for the blue in the turban on “The girl with a pearl earring” painting seen here.
Please note that the stone attribute section is not proven to be a direct outcome of wearing or owning the stone. It is also not a prescription and should not be used alone to treat health problems.
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