Sands of Time Designs - Handmade Jewellery

Natural Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Beads, 15.5″ Strand – Select from 6mm, 8mm, 10mm or 12mm

$9.20$40.20 inc GST.

Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli
Size: Select from 6mm, 8mm, 10mm or 12mm
Hole ID: Approx. 1mm
Colour: Blue (natural, undyed)
Strand: 15.5″ (30cm Approx)
Approx. Beads per Strand:
– 6mm: 66 Pcs
– 8mm: 45 Pcs
– 10mm: 38 Pcs
– 12mm: 32 Pcs

The name lapis lazuli means “blue stone.” The gorgeous blue color of lapis lazuli has attracted the attention of artists for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used it to create blue cosmetics. In the Renaissance, painters ground the stone to make ultramarine, a blue pigment used for skies and seas.

The Sumerians believed that the spirit of their gods lived within the stone, while the ancient Egyptians saw it as a symbol of the night sky. Since the earliest of times, lapis lazuli has been associated with royalty, strength and courage, wisdom and intellect, friendship and truth.
From antiquity, lapis lazuli has been worn in the belief that it will ward off evil. In ancient Egypt, it was powdered and worn about the eyes to improve eyesight. Today, it is considered by some to be an aid to balancing the brow chakra (which influences vision and hearing). Imbalances of the brow (or blue) chakra are said to cause headaches, anxiety and disorders of the skin.