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Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli Ring in Sterling Silver 
LAPIS LAZULI by Preston Reuther

Lapis lazuli is a gemstone composed of a mixture of several different minerals including lazurite, huaynite, sodalite, noselite, calcite and pyrite. Diopside, augite, mica and hornblende may also be present in small amounts. It is imitated by a number of methods typically involving the use of dyes. Sometimes dyes are used in combination with the crushing and reconstitution of lower grade lapis lazuli, which is called "reconstituted lapis" very attractive but not the natural stone.

Lapis lazuli is characteristically recognized by its color. It yields H2S gas (smells of rotten eggs) when subjected to HCl. The presence of pyrite (fools gold) can distinguish natural lapis lazuli from many (but not all) of the lapis simulants.
Lapis lazuli is a brilliant blue gemstone used in handcrafted gemstone jewelry for thousands of years. It is one of the biblical gemstones used in Aaron's vest and at one time lapis lazuli jewelry was only worn by royalty. The gemstone has a hardness of 5-7 on Mohs scale.



Its metaphysical properties are believed to include the ability to enhance awareness, insight, and intellect. It is also said to impart wisdom and aid in self-acceptance. Lapis lazuli is said to help cure depression, insomnia, recurring fevers, vision and hearing problems, and disorders of the throat, lungs and immune system.  

Lapis stands out as a very special gemstone in both gold and silver. The myth that lapis is so expensive that few can afford it but for the most part this is just a myth. Lapis even in large sizes is very afforadable.

Preston Reuther Master Wire Sculptor

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