The egg shape is also symbolic of new beginnings, creation, fertility and possibilities. Read Egg Symbology and Easter for more detailed information. Both of these eggs are a beautiful blue, one is deeper and the other a more sky blue. They both have multiple pyrite inclusions throughout. Lapis Lazuli with pyrite inclusions is the most prized form. While Lapis can be found in several locations throughout the world, quality pyrite-included specimens are only found in Afghanistan.
Historically: Lapis-lazuli was highly prized in ancient times. The earliest published use of the name lapis-lazuli appears to be from 1636 by Anselmus Boetus de Boodt in Gemmarum et Lapidum Historia. page 273. The name is said to be derived from the Latin 'Lapis' and the persian 'Lazhward', meaning Blue. The name should be pronounced 'Lap-is Laz-u-lee'. Lapis-lazuli is one of the very first gemstones mined. Ancient mines in Afghanistan have been worked, according to one resource, since 6000 BC. Some of these mines are worked today using the same techniques utilized thousands of years ago. These two beauties come from one of these ancient mines. The first stable blue colorant used in the ancient world came from lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone mined in Afghanistan. The Egyptians prized lapis, combining it with gold to adorn the tombs of the pharaohs, or powdering it into eye shadow for Cleopatra. They used Lapis Lazuli as a symbol of Truth. The Egyptian Book Of The Dead describes a monthly ceremony using a Lapis Lazuli carved in the shape of an eye and decorated with Gold. Egyptians also used the gem to create a dye for clothing and was extremely popular as a carved scarab and many pieces of jewelry have been found in the pyramids with Lapis stones.
Location of Origin: Afghanistan
Price: $61.00 USD
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