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Lapis Cabochons

Beautiful bright royal blue Lapis Lazuli semi precious gemstone cabochons.

This intense blue gemstone material usually referred to as just Lapis is found in Afghanistan.  The name is a compound of "lapis", the Latin word for stone, and the Arabian word "azul", meaning blue.

For many people all over the world Lapis Lazuli is considered a stone of truth and friendship. The blue stone is said to bring about harmony in relationships. The ancient Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli in scarabs, beads, pendants, and other jewelry as far back as 3100 B.C. Lapis was also a stone of royalty in ancient Sumer and was treasured in China at least 2500 years ago. Catherine the great decorated a room in her palace with Lapis walls, fireplaces, doors, and mirror frames.

Buddhist believe Lapis brings inner peace and freedom from negative thoughts. In Europe Lapis is thought to cure various illnesses and to be an antidote for snakebite.

Lapis Lazuli is an opaque cabochon stone consisting mainly of Lasurite. It was created millions of years ago in the course of metamorphosis process turning chalk into marble stone. Lapis cabochons often have golden Pyrite inclusions and white or gray veins from Calcite.

Metaphysical Properties of Lapis: It is believed Lapis Lazuli helps one move one's consciousness beyond the mundane and to identify habits, patterns and lessons one may have difficulty perceiving consciously.