Friday, September 6, 2013

Stone Magic History & Lore

Lapis - Lazuli ~ History & Lore

In the ancient world, lapis was considered as valuable as gold. Egyptians sent out legions of soldiers with traders for years to collect lapis for amulets, scarabs and for their high priests, who wore images of Mat, the goddess of truth around their necks.

The word, lapis-lazuli, comes from Latin. Lapis means stone; lazuli translates to blue. The Arabic word, L'azulaus means blue, heaven and sky. It has been mined continuously in Afghanistan for over six thousand years and is widely referenced in many ancient texts. Lapis is not widely referenced as a birthstone. However, the 1912 list of birthstones created by a jewelry trade group lists lapis as one of the gems. 

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