HISTORY OF LAPIS LAZULI



Its name has a double origin, Latin (lapis means stone) and Arabic (azul means blue).
With its unique and intense blue color, Lapis Lazuli has always been a symbol of purity, health, elegance, luck and nobility. It is for this reason that this semi-precious stone has been present in human creations for over 6000 years. The Romans considered it in particular as a powerful aphrodisiac and the cost of a difficult transport on land and sea added to the difficult work of extraction. Lapis lazuli was sumptuous, more expensive than gold, which also explains its presence in the jewels and funeral masks of the Egyptian royal families. In the Middle Ages, it was supposed to protect the limbs and preserve the soul from error, envy and fear.
In the world there are only two deposits where it is possible to find this stone, it is a mine located in Afghanistan and another in Chile called Fleur des Andes, located at 3.600 meters above sea level, in the Cordillera des Andes and where its exploitation is possible only during the summer seasons.

Lapis lazuli is the national stone of Chile.

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