Home | PEARLS | JEWELRY | GEMSTONE BEADS | Gemstones | ANCIENT Beads | SKULLS STRAND of BLUE LAPIS LAZULI SMOOTH ROUND GEMSTONE BEADS ~ AFGHANISTAN Item # : 30 6295 Type of gemstone : Natural Lapis Lazuli ~ RARE new A-grade Afghani material Amount : 1 (one) full strand of gemstone beads * All photos are taken from the actual item * Weight : approx. 129.00 grams = 645.00 cts Size : Assorted from approx. 16.90 mm (the largest bead in this strand) to approx. 11.90 mm (the smallest bead) Length of strand : approx. 40.5 cm = 15.94 inches Perforation : approx. 2.00 mm ~ these beads are strung temporarily on a beading cord Origin : Afghanistan Shape : Smooth round beads Color : Beautiful blue Luster : Exquisite Quality : Opaque stone with minor natural inclusions Treatment : 100 % natural stone and natural color Lapis Lazuli : Lapis Lazuli or Lapis for short, is a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color. As early as the 7th millennium BCE, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai, and in other mines in Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan. Lapis was highly valued by the Indus Valley Civilisation (3300–1900 BCE), and lapis beads have been found at Neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and as far away as Mauritania. It was used in the funeral mask of Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BCE). By the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary. Ultramarine has also been found in dental tartar of medieval nuns and scribes. The most important mineral component of Lapis Lazuli is Lazurite (25% to 40%), a feldspathoid silicate mineral with the formula (Na,Ca)8(AlSiO4)6(S,SO4,Cl)1-2. Most Lapis Lazuli also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue), and pyrite (metallic yellow). Some samples of lapis lazuli contain augite, diopside, enstatite, mica, hauynite, hornblende, nosean, and sulfur-rich löllingite geyerite. Lapis lazuli usually occurs in crystalline marble as a result of contact metamorphism. Color The intense blue color is due to the presence of the trisulfur radical anion in the crystal. Sources Lapis Lazuli is found in limestone in the Kokcha River valley of Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan, where the Sar-e-Sang mine deposits have been worked for more than 6,000 years. Afghanistan was the source of lapis for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the later Greeks and Romans. Ancient Egyptians obtained the material through trade with Aryans. During the height of the Indus Valley Civilisation, approximately 2000 BCE, the Harappan colony, now known as Shortugai, was established near the lapis mines. What is the spiritual meaning of Lapis Lazuli? The holy men and shamans of the past certainly realized the spiritual power of Lapis Lazuli, it has adorned the burial chambers of the nobility of Ancient Sumeria and Egypt, been carved into amulets and talismans by Greeks and Assyrians and used as an aphrodisiac by the Romans. At least 6000 years of Sacred history is hard to ignore. How about the modern world? Communication through social media has inhibited many of us when it comes to meeting people face to face and when that happens Lapis Lazuli will be your best buddy. It will give you the confidence and the courage to overcome uncertainty and insecurity and help you make new friends and possible lovers. Taking a Lapis Lazuli gemstone to a party is a sure-fire way to feel comfortable and relaxed. It is an ideal meditation gemstone, you can clear your mind of negativity and pour in clear critical thoughts and energy. Lapis lazuli will then help manifest all your dreams and ambitions. If you are not practiced in the art of mediation simply place a Lapis Lazuli gemstone on the side of the bath while you relax in the warm soothing waters and let it do its work. Lapis Lazuli is a lucky gemstone and that means lucky in love, with money and with your job, not only in gaining new love, wealth or employment but in enhancing current love and faithfulness, keeping your finances in order and advancing your present career. Lapis Lazuli and the Chakras Chakras are the energy centers in your body also known as Qi or Prana. There are seven Chakras throughout the body each influencing a particular physical, emotional or mental state and each has an associated color. The seven chakras are as follows, Crown linked with the color purple, Third Eye (indigo), Throat (blue), Heart (green), Solar Plexus (yellow), Sacral (orange) and Root (red). Depending on which color is most dominant in your Lapis Lazuli gemstone will determine which chakra it will have most influence on. Lapis Lazuli is synonymous with the Throat Chakra. If you are having trouble communicating with loved ones or colleagues at work, this gemstone will help. If you cannot express yourself in the way that you wish or find yourself misunderstood by those around you, Lapis lazuli is the answer. Physically, sore throats, neck stiffness or pains, headaches through neck and shoulder tension are all symptoms of Throat Chakra issues and can be addressed with the help of this gorgeous blue gemstone. Lapis Lazuli can also influence the Third Eye Chakra, especially the deep blue, almost violet specimens. Use this gemstone to organize and calm your thoughts and deal with any nightmares you may suffer. Benefits of Lapis Lazuli. Lapis Lazuli has physical benefits for the respiratory and nervous systems as well as blood circulation, blood pressure and pre-menstrual tension. Sore throats, trouble with the larynx and stiff necks, migraines and headaches as well as insomnia and dizziness can be alleviated by Lapis Lazuli. We are often asked how to use gemstones for spiritual or health benefits and while we are certainly not experts in this field we have gained some experience and knowledge. Off-course wearing the gemstone as a piece of jewelry is the easiest way for it to influence your body. Lapis Lazuli pendants, necklaces and earrings are perfect for influencing the Throat and Third Eye Chakras. Alternatively, they can be placed in your purse or pocket and used as a touchstone throughout the day. Hold crystals or place them in your lap while meditating. Easiest of all, just lay down with crystals on your body, lined up with the chakra points if possible. Lapis Lazuli should be cleaned every month to keep it at its maximum potential. You can do this by running the stone under tepid water and drying it with a soft cloth. Do not soak it in water or leave a Lapis lazuli gemstone to dry by itself. Remarks : Stunningly beautiful gemstone beads ~ ready to be made into gorgeous piece of jewelry. This strand does not have a clasp and is not a ready to wear jewelry. Don’t miss this opportunity to own these beautiful gemstone bead strand Our photographs have been enlarged to show details. Most details shown in the large image are actually not visible to the naked eye. We have made the image as close as possible to the original item when viewed on our screen. Depending on the viewers monitor settings, these items may appear a few shades lighter or darker in comparison to the original object. 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