Alternate September Birthstone
Prized since the dawn of history, lapis lazuli, meaning “stone of heaven,” is principally a combination of three minerals: lazurite, pyrite and calcite. It was used in the funerary mask of the pharaoh Tutankhamen (King Tut) in Ancient Egypt. Before synthetic dyes were introduced, deep blue lapis was the pigment ultramarine. Today, as in the past, the best lapis comes from Afghanistan, though it is also found in Chile, California and Colorado. Metaphysically, lapis stimulates the Third Eye (6th chakra), working with images rather than words, helping one to develop greater intuition and open up to divine guidance.