The name lapis lazuli means ‘blue stone’. It’s more commonly known as just lapis. It comes from the Latin word ‘lapis’ meaning ‘stone’ and the Persian lazhward meaning ‘blue’. Blue is the color of water, the ocean, the sky and healing. In many ancient civilizations, like the ancient Egyptians, blue crystals were used in their rituals as they were believed to represent heaven.
Lapis occurs as a metamorphic rock and comes in a few different shades of blue plus it often has other colors in it depending on how much of the other minerals that are included. It is rock formed by multiple minerals, mostly Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite, and is a rich medium to royal blue with gold flecks (pyrites). Lower-grade Lapis is lighter blue with more white than gold flecks, and is sometimes called denim Lapis.
Lapis is one of the oldest spiritual stones known to man, used by healers, priests and royalty, for power, wisdom and to stimulate psychic abilities and inner vision. This crystal is now well known as a semi-precious gemstone. It is believed that Lapis quickly releases stress, allowing for peace and serenity. It helps expand awareness and conscious attunement to the intuitive self, stimulating enlightenment and enhancing dream work. It permits spiritual journeying, and tapping into personal and spiritual power.
The stone’s energy is perfect for turning inwards to gain internal wisdom by enhancing respect and compassion in ourselves. It teach us humanity, discretion, and honor. They help us act more charitably, and focus our efforts on service to others. It teach us grace, sensitivity to the needs of others, and tenderness in our dealings. It encourages us to look within and search for the knowledge inside of us.
Many believe that the lapis stone is very visual in nature – bringing information to the mind in images rather than words. It can be a catalyst for higher awareness, and often aids those with connections to spirituality. Meditating with this stone makes it easier to communicate and also help with mental exercises and intellect.
Lapis Lazuli is used to forge stronger bonds and friendships, promote harmony in relationships, generate inner peace and encourage honesty. It provides an awareness of one’s motivations and beliefs, and gives a clearer perspective of one’s whole life. It reveals not only one’s limitations, but the opportunities for growth and to utilize one’s gifts and abilities.
Lapis Lazuli is also thought to be beneficial to physical ailments, including healing throat, larynx, and vocal chords, and helps regulate the endocrine and thyroid glands. It overcomes hearing loss and other problems with ear and nasal passages. It enhances circulation and improves cardiac rhythm. It reduces vertigo and lowers blood pressure, and is thought to alleviate insomnia.
Why would you need to wear the stone? Lapis Lazuli is commonly made into beautiful jewelry, and this lovely blue stone is one of the more powerful healing crystals for you to wear. Wearing this blue crystal will both balance your inner self with your external self, and help to harmonize the male-female facets of your personality, as well as helping to relax you.
Take a look at our embedded blue lapis stone in our bracelets: