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Lapis Lazuli Grade A and AAA, all Natural Stones

We live in a world where precious natural resources are not that abundant anymore. Lapis Lazuli is not an exception. High quality stones are difficult to find. What is plentiful is poor colored Lapis Lazuli that has been traditionally used for pigments. As the price of Grade A and AAA Lapis Lazuli increases, you find more jewelry pieces crafted with poor quality Lapis that has been painted to give it color intensity. The result? A “plastic” looking stone that does not have the natural pyrite and calcite inclusions of natural Lapis Lazuli.

Grade AAA stones are reserved for our 18K gold pieces. Grade AAA Lapis Lazuli is deep blue, almost purple, with tiny flecks of Pyrite that give the stone a golden sparkle enhanced by the gold casings. The effect is simply beautiful.

Our company has forged a strong commitment to never use an inferior Lapis Lazuli stone. We pay more for high quality Lapis Lazuli stones because our designs and craftsmanship demand it.

Our stones are not color enhanced. Our jewelers only use grade “A” and “AAA” Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Rhodochrosite and Obsidian stones that are becoming rarer every day.

They spend a great deal of effort selecting richly colored, flawless stones. They reject the same stones that other jewelers will use, for more expensive pieces than ours!

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Obsidian: Characteristics and Properties

Obsidian is the result of volcanic lava coming in contact with water. Often the lava pours into a lake or ocean and is cooled quickly. This process produces a glassy texture in the resulting rock. Iron and magnesium give the obsidian a dark green to black color. Obsidian can contain small bubbles of air that are aligned along layers created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. These bubbles can produce interesting effects such as a golden (Sheen Obsidian) or a rainbow sheen (Rainbow Obsidian). Inclusions of small, white, radially clustered crystals of cristobalite in the black glass produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern (Snowflake Obsidian).

Small nuggets of obsidian that have been naturally rounded and smoothed by wind and water are called Apache Tears. Obsidian has been used by ancient people as a cutting tool, for weapons, and for ceremonial purposes and is sometimes found by archaeologists.

Often confused with smoky quartz, obsidian has similar properties to quartz because of a similar chemistry. However, many properties dependant on a crystal structure are altered or absent in obsidian because it lacks any crystal structure of its own. The piezoelectric and optical properties in quartz are thus absent in obsidian. Smoky quartz usually has a splotchy or zoned
distribution to its color while Obsidian is more uniformly distributed.

 

Obsidian’s Metaphysical Powers

Obsidian provides protection against negative energy. It is specially good for those who are very mediumistic or emotional.

Obsidian also helps us to “take a look in the mirror” and see ourselves for who we really are. I allows us to see what action we may need to take in a particular situation. Even though it helps us to see our own faults, it does promote a feeling of love and contentment with our physical bodies when worn around the neck. It is a good gift for a teenage daughter.

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Rhodhocrosite: Characteristics and Properties

Rhodhochrosite (whose name means rose-colored) is a very pretty mineral. In a massive form its pink and white bands are extremely attractive and are often used in semi-precious jewelry. Rhodhochrosite is often carved into figurines and tubular stalactitic forms are sliced into circles with concentric bands that are truly unique in the mineral kingdom. Fine crystals are sometimes cut into gemstones, but Rhodochrosite softness and brittleness limit its use as a common gemstone. Left alone, crystal specimens of Rhodochrosite can be admired and cherished for their unique color and beauty.

All our items are offered in Rhodochrosite, as well as Lapis Lazuli. Visit our home page and go the the desired section: earrings, necklace, rings, etc. Pick the style you want and select “Rhodhochrosite” as the stone option!

Rhodochrosite’s Metaphysical Powers

Rhodhochrosite is the Love Stone. It has a calming effect and helps one feel love for him/herself and the world around them. Rhodochrosite is wonderful for emotional healing because of its loving quality combined with the powerful amplification properties of quartz.

Because of the character of Rhodhochrosite, it does not do well around negative energy. In facts, it is said that Rhodochrosite crumbles when exposed to negativity.

Rhodhochrosite focuses on the heart and circulatory systems and the cleansing organs. This is one to look out for…it has a positive effect on the reproductive system.

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Malachite: Characteristics and Properties

Hardness: 3 1/2 to 4

Colors: Light, bright green to dark green, sometimes banded with darker or lighter shades of green.

Birthstone: None

Zodiac: None
Malachite is a famous and very popular semi-precious stone. Its banded light and dark green designs are one-of-a-kind, and give it a unique ornamental quality unlike that of any other stone. Although its massive forms are well known, its crystalline forms are rare and only now becoming widely available to the average mineral collector. Many beautiful specimens of malachite contain special combinations with other minerals, such as the azure blue of azurite, the baby blue of chrysocolla, or the rusty red of limonite.

Polished, the banded Malachite has been carved into ornaments and worn as jewelry for thousands of years. Its extensive use in beautiful inlay work, such as that in Imperial Russian Palaces, is legendary. This type of malachite is still used as a minor gemstone, being cut into cabochons and fashioned into beads for necklaces.

Malachite’s Metaphysical Powers

Comforts and reduces stress and brings harmony into one’s life. Absorbs negative energies whether of physical or emotional nature. Promotes concentration.

Malachite is sometimes called “the stone of transformation” assisting one in changing situations and providing for the transfer of sacred information to spiritual evolution. It clears and activates all chakras balancing and equalizing them; Malachite can create an unobstructed path leading to a desired goal. Facilitates the rise of spirituality and the enhancement of psychic abilities. Protects against radiation and can be used in the treatment of asthma, swollen joints, tumors, growths, broken bones and torn muscles.

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Lapis Lazuli: Characteristics and Properties

Hardness: 5 to 5 1/2

Colors: Deep blue, azure blue, greenish blue (bluish color with flecks of white and gold)

Birthstones: None

Zodiac: None

The name is international, from the Latin, lapis, which means stone, and from the Arabic, azul, which means blue. It literally means “blue rock” and is actually a rock rather than a mineral. It is composed of a highly variable mixture of the minerals lazurite, pyrite and calcite. The best Lapis Lazuli is uniformly deep blue in color, being opaque to semi-translucent and consist almost totally of lazurite.

In earlier civilizations the lovely blue lapis Lazuli shared with turquoise the distinction of being among the most prized of all gemstones. Descriptions by Pliny and other historians leave little doubt that Lapis Lazuli was the sapphire of the ancients.

Lapis Lazuli was revered in both Egypt and Babylonia and was believed to be a cure for melancholy. The Egyptian high priest wore a Lapis Lazuli image of Mat, the goddess of truth, around his neck.

When lapis was first introduced to Europe, it was called ultramarinum, which means beyond the sea. Ground lapis was the secret of the blue in ultramarine, the pigment which painters used to paint the sea and the sky until the nineteenth century. Lapis was also popular in inlays. The Romans believed that lapis was also a powerful aphrodisiac. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to keep the limbs healthy and free the soul from error, envy and fear.

Lapis Lazuli is still mined at the deposits of the ancient world in Afghanistan. Now days, Lapis Lazuli of deep blue shade is mainly mined in Chile.

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Lapis Lazuli Metaphysical Powers

As inscribed in the 140th chapter of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Lapis Lazuli, in the shape of an eye set in gold, was considered an amulet of great power. On the last day of the month, an offering was made before this symbolic eye, for it was believed that on that day, the supreme being placed such an image on his head.

Lapis Lazuli is said to be associated with self-confidence, truthfulness, openness and inner tranquility. Lapis Lazuli is the ancient stone of mental and psychological health. It promotes spiritual healing, mental calmness and strength of will. It increases psychic abilities and allows for spiritual growth.

When used during meditation, it aids in detaching one from the physical body and allowing for a deeper and more open state of consciousness. Therefore, for a beginner it can be quite scary and create a feeling of panic as one feels as if he/she is loosing touch with the body completely. As a result, it is wonderful for establishing a connection with the creative force and receiving information from other plains of consciousness.

It is a good stone for emotional healing. According to the wonderful book “Love is in the Earth – A Kaleidoscope of Crystals, Melody” (Copyright 1991, Earth-Love Publishing House, it enables one to obtain relief from that which has been presses into the shallow recesses of the mind, providing objectivity, clarity and mental endurance during release of emotional bondage. It helps for diminishment of the internal smoldering fire which leads to disease. It stimulates the communicative facets of the self, providing for clarity and responsiveness during the release of information. Lapis Lazuli is also a very powerful tool for dream work.

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