Lazuli Ring of Heaven
Hand fabricated and cast ring
with deep blue Lapis Lazuli featuring pyrite
inclusions that resemble golden stars in a night
sky. 14 Karat Yellow Gold beads complete the ring.
Found in Afghanistan and Chile,
Lapis Lazuli was well known to the Egyptian pharaohs and in
Persian kingdoms. It was highly valued due to its relative
scarcity and was used in Tutankhamun's famous burial mask.
The ancient Egyptians regarded the stone as a symbol of the
heavens, and wore it carved in designs representing various
deities and religious images. Faience, an ancient Egyptian
pottery, was made to imitate Lapis Lazuli and turquoise for
Lapis Lazuli is a vivid blue opaque
gemstone that is a composite of several minerals including
Lazurite, Calcite, and Sodalite. It is generally a mottled
blue color. Frequent inclusions of pyrite may pepper the
stone with golden colored spangles. Its name comes from the
Latin word 'Lapis' meaning stone and an Arabic word 'Azul'
meaning blue. It was also used in European cultures to
symbolize the heavens in which the stars are held, and in
some cultures to signify chastity. Lapis Lazuli was thought
to be a cure for melancholy and fever.
Some people believed that the ten
commandments were in fact carved on tablets of Lapis Lazuli.
Legends describe Lapis Lazuli as being a favorite stone of
the alchemists. It was thought to bestow wisdom and promote
truth. By placing it on a painful area or where swelling
occurred, it was thought to provide relief. The gemstone was
worn as a talisman to attract friends, gain favors, and
protect the wearer in darkness. In times past it was ground
to produce the pigment ultramarine, although this color is
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