Lapis Lazuli elephant hand carved by Afghan lapidary artist measures 2” x 1 ¼” x 1”. The blue in Lapis Lazuli comes from Lazurite, Hauynite, Sodalite, and Noselite. Other constituents are Pyrite, Diopside, Feldspar, and Mica. The major source for highest quality of Lapis in the past and now is Afghanistan, where the ancient mines are located in the rugged mountains of the Hindu Kush. HEALING PROPERTIES. Like most gemstones, Lapis Lazuli has been credited with metaphysical properties. In the middle ages it kept limbs healthy, made the body younger and freed the soul from error, envy, and fear. It was also thought to be a cure for fever and by placing it on a painful area it was thought to provide relief. The gemstone was also used to prevent headaches and to protect the eyes. In the past it has been used as a protective stone, sheltering the carrier from physical danger and psychic attacks.
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