Although, not as well-known as other gemstones, Lapis Lazuli is the unsung but incredibly beautiful gemstone that, in my eyes, never fails to make an impact. The name might not invoke the same reaction as other gemstones, but the Lapis Lazuli is still one of the most popular stones today for jewellery and fashion. The Lapis Lazuli is one of my favourite gemstones, for all seasons, occasions and uses, with its milky way-esque appearance.
I’m obviously not the first or last person to be utterly obsessed with these gemstones which were extremely popular throughout history. They’ve been found in Neolithic and Egyptian archaeological sites which disclose their use as ornamental objects and jewellery. Details on the golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen such as the stripes,eyebrows (that puts my eyebrow pencil to shame), beard and cosmetic lines, were heavily inlaid with Lapis Lazuli as were other burial ornaments of Egyptian Kings and Queens. I always find this significance hard to forget whilst wearing Lapis Lazuli gemstones – if the gemstones were virtuous enough for Egyptian royalty then I will always feel like an Empress when I adorn myself with Lapis Lazuli jewellery. The Lapis Lazuli gemstones haveimpressively continued to hold their place in history whilst still being relevant today.
Lapis Lazuli literally means “blue stone”. Its deep colour is often associated with honour, royalty and power, and paired with their distinctive golden flakes makes absolute sense. Blue is an extremely versatile colour for all seasons and events as both the predominant and the calming colour for outfits and décor. The simple addition of the enchanting gemstone to a room or ensemble really makes such an impact for me and many others. With a slight love for art, I was also captivated when I discovered that Lapis Lazuli was used as a mineral pigment and as paint for a few iconic paintings; just to name a few, from Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ to Johannes Vermeer’s ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’, Lapis Lazuli is really the gemstone of legends.
Lapis Lazuli is said to be a perfect stone for journalists by stimulating wisdom good judgement and creating new ideas as well as promoting success and recognition. With a BA in journalism, perhaps I need to wear these magical gemstones more often. All in all, the Lapis Lazuli is supposed to activate the higher mind and enhance intellectual ability and memory which is something I think all of us would love to galvanise. I know many are sceptical about the spiritual uses of gemstones and rightly so. However, for me it is a mutually beneficial situation – If I wear the gorgeous Lapis Lazuli and perhaps become smarter in the process, I consider this a non-zero sum game.
One of the main reasons why I love Lapis Lazuli gemstones is because of the simple reason that it can unquestionably be worn with anything and for anything. The colour blue has always been amongst my favourite colours to wear because of its versatility. Wearing a splash of blue, whether it be a bracelet, earrings or pendant can easily steal the show. Depending on the occasion, I would wear small pieces for a complimentary accessory or a staple piece to be the centre of attention which is all possible with these stones. Lapis Lazuli does have slight durability issues which may cause abrasions although this doesn’t have to be a negative thing. I feel thatconfirmations of wear and use is a beauteous way of presenting that something was loved which adds character and individuality to your personal possession.
I hope I have inspired you, if you weren’t already in love, with Lapis Lazuli. Royalty, artists and designers have all been infatuated with the gemstone. It’s the stone for the Kings and Queens, writers, artists and fashionistas in the modern day too.