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Lapis

The home of Blue John Jewellery

Lapis’ deep blue qualities, complemented with occasional flecks of gold give it a mysterious, ethereal quality and it’s no wonder this stone was so popular with religious cultures throughout history.

 

About Lapis

One of the earliest semi-precious stones to be adorned by royalty and in ancient literature, Lapis Lazuli has remained popular over thousands of years dating back to 3000bc and the time of the Pharos. Amulets and pieces of jewellery where found in tombs and used in part of King Tutankamun’s mask.

Nowadays, the best Lapis Lazuli is found in Afghanistan but can also be found in Russia and smaller amounts in the USA and Canada. It’s known for helping people with verbal communication and is also considered to help ailments of the immune and nervous systems, as well as thyroid disease.

 

History of Lapis

Rumoured to have been in existence since the birth of time. In some cultures, Lapis Lazuli is considered a holy stone with references in the bible and many classic texts, having documented the value of the stone spiritually, claiming it encourages harmony.

Before 1834 – when it became possible to produce such a blue colour synthetically – Lapis was ground into a powder and stirred with binding agents to create blue watercolours, temera and oil paints. Many pictures of the Madona were created using this paint.

 

Paring Lapis

A wonderfully unique stone for the centrepiece item of a collection, such as pendants and brooches, Lapis pairs particularly well with yellow gold. Being the birthstone of September, its also very popular with Virgos! 

Choose lapis from a range of semi-precious stones when selecting a piece of jewellery from our online collection. All of the jewellery in our collections is handcrafted and can be made using the lapis stone.

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