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Lapis Lazuli Jewelry and Moonstones

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli GemstonesLapis lazuli has been widely used as a semiprecious stone throughout history. It is most often seen as a necklace of beads or carved pendants. Lapis lazuli jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a lapis lazuli ring makes a wonderful gift. The best lapis is a deep rich blue with well distributed fine flecks of pyrite. Too much pyrite causes stones to look greenish and dull. Too much calcite lightens color. However, this lighter lapis has recently found a niche in the jewelry trade as “denim” lapis, because of the color resemblance.

Wedding anniversary: Lapis Lazuli is the anniversary gemstone for the 7th and 9th year of marriage.

The name’s origin: The name lapis comes from word pencil in Spanish.

Color: Lapis Lazuli is dark blue possibly with white spots of calcite.

Shopping guide: Fine natural Lapis Lazuli can be rather pricey. Jewelry with the high quality stones with no calcite or pyrite veins can be quite expensive. Lapis Lazuli can easily be scratched or chipped. Water will dissolve it’s protective coatings.

Hardness: 5.5

Healing ability: The stone is said to increase psychic abilities. Lapis is said to be a cure for melancholy and for certain types of fever. Lapis lazuli eliminates negative emotions. It relieves sore throat pain.

Mystical power: It is said that Lapis helps one understand the mind. It helps to expand your viewpoint. It is good for connecting the heart and the mind when worn over the heart. use in rituals to attract spiritual love. Take a piece of lapis with
sharp edge and inscribe a heart on pink candle. Place stone near candle, light candle and envision a love coming into your life. Through the ages, lapis has been associated with power, wisdom, love and most frequently as a stimulant for psychic abilities. It makes us more open in all ways, including openness to psychic experience. Wear everyday to increase your overall psychic awareness.

Deposits: Lapis Lazuli is found in Afganistan, Argentina, Canada, Chile, and the US.

Moonstones

Beautiful MoonstoneMoonstone was very popular with the Romans, who thought it was formed out of moonlight, also used in Roman jewelry since 100 AD. Moonstone jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a moonstone ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. In India moonstone is considered a sacred stone to this day. Moonstone is usually set as a cabochon. Moonstone was very popular early in the 20th century and was extensively used in Art Nouveau jewelry. Moonstone is often given to young lovers in India to help them discern what their life will be like together.

Birthstone: Moonstone is the birthstone for Cancer: Jun.21 – Jul.22.

Wedding anniversary: Moonstone is the anniversary gemstone for the 11th year of marriage.

The name’s origin: The moonstone named for its semblance in color to the moon.

Color: Moonstone is usually whitish-blue, but can be colorless, yellow, orange, gray, or even reddish.

Shopping guide: Stone has a rainbow-like array of colors and will pick up colors you wear. The best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colorless body color.

Hardness: 6

Care and treatment: Moonstone can be easily scratched as it has a hardness of 6. Store moonstones carefully and never allow two specimens to touch each other.

Healing ability: Moonstone has a powerful effect on women’s menstrual cycles. Women are cautioned about wearing or carrying moonstone at times of the full moon or when they are menstruating.Vibrating with the feminine wisdom and Goddess energy of the waxing and full Moon, Moonstone has a reflective, calming energy. It helps to strengthen intuition and psychic perception. Moonstone is said to help kidney problems. A feminine stone, it is said to have calming properties. It brings balance and harmony.

Mystical power: Moonstone is most powerful during the full moon, and may be used at that time to solve difficult problems or relationships.  Buried in a garden, it will enhance growth, and is effective to encourage fruit bearing trees to fertility.  Moonstone is gently protective and is excellent for children and for ensuring safe pregnancy and delivery for pregnant mothers.

Deposits: Moonstone is found in Brazil, European Alps, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and USA (Pennsylvania and Virginia). Sri Lanka has the highest quality moonstones.