Necklace with a sweet metal starfish pendant, Lapis Lazuli chips, shell chips and 2 shell pearls 6 mm, polar beads, metallic beads and cubes and snap hook in silver – length 48 cm=18.90 in.
Lapis lazuli is one of the most sought after stones in use since man's history began. Its deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth. Its name comes from the Latin lapis, "stone," and the Persian lazhuward, "blue". It is a very beautiful stone that has been revered for thousands of years and called the royal stone in Ancient Egypt as only the highest born could wear it. In ancient Persia and pre-Columbian America, Lapis Lazuli was a symbol of the starry night, and a favorite stone of the Islamic Orient for protection from the evil eye. Lapis was much used in Greek and Roman times as an ornamental stone, and in medieval Europe, Lapis Lazuli, resembling the blue of the heavens, was believed to counteract the wiles of the spirits of darkness and procure the aid and favor of the spirits of light and wisdom. Ground and processed into powder, it produced the intense, but expensive, ultramarine color favored by the painter, Michelangelo. Buddhists recommended Lapis as a stone to bring inner peace and freedom from negative thought. It is a protective stone that guards against negative energy.
Lapis Lazuli is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind and enhancing intellectual ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, and aids the process of learning. It is excellent for enhancing memory, intuition and psychic awareness and deepening meditation. A stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of the spirit, and in the spoken and written word. Wear it for all forms of deep communication. It is also a stone of friendship and brings harmony in relationships. A stone of insight, Lapis encourages us to take charge of our life and our personal power. A calming stone, it releases stress to bring a state of deep peace and serenity