Gemology • Lauren Dorr is a designer at a luxury brand and is an avid collector of vintage jewelry. She will be writing a monthly post on gemstones for The Stone Set.
Lapis Lazuli • Royal blue semi-precious stone with white or gold flecks
Energies • Healing, Love, Protection, Truth, Friendship
I first discovered lapis lazuli in college when I was learning about Egyptian art. It captivated me just like it captivated ancient civilizations when it was first mined more than 6,500 years ago. Its dark blue color with flecks of pyrite is very alluring, and reminds me of a starry night sky.
Lapis lazuli could be considered the original blue stone with its long, grand history. The Egyptians believed it offered protection and was a symbol of truth, a scared stone that could cure headaches and insomnia. Lapis lazuli was often used for amulets, pendants and ornaments such as scarabs. It was among the first gemstones to be used in jewelry and was often worn by royalty. Cleopatra even ground lapis lazuli into powder to create her famous dark blue eye shadow.
Each and every gemstone has its own specific benefit. I naturally connect with the idea of gemstones and their healing abilities and the power they convey to their wearer (even if these ideas elude modern science). It is believed that wearing lapis lazuli jewelry relieves stress and brings serenity. As the stone of truth, lapis lazuli encourages honesty, openness, harmony in relationships and mental clarity. It is a stone that aids in self awareness and self expression. Lapis lazuli is also a protective stone that blocks negative energies, strengthens the immune system and encourages the wearer to take charge of his/her life.
My favorite piece of lapis lazuli jewelry is a vintage necklace my mother got for me at an estate sale. The necklace has a delicate cameo on the front of the pedant and a hinged lapis lazuli stone on the back. I like the idea that the lapis stone is resting directly against my heart, inspiring me to reach for the stars. -Lauren Dorr