Lapis Lazuli – The Forgotten “Nobility”

Historians believe that the connection between man and lapis lazuli dates back more than 6,500 years. Lapis lazuli was prized by the ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece and Rome. Lapis lazuli is prized for its vivid and delicate color.

In ancient times, lapis lazuli was described as a starry night sky, with stars of pyrite scattered over the full blue color, which was much sought after.Its name comes from the Latin word “lapis” (stone) and the Arabic word “azul” (blue).

In Ancient Egypt and Ancient Babylon, it had a higher status, and the famous tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun with the “Curse of the Pharaohs” has unearthed a large number of lapis lazuli and ruby objects. In ancient Greece and Rome, wearing it is considered a sign of wealth.It also appears in the engravings of Etruscan rings.

Chinese lapis lazuli was introduced to China from Afghanistan, mainly via the Silk Road. Because of its color such as the sky, much loved by successive emperors, emperors with its decorative altar of heaven with lapis lazuli, the altar of the earth with topaz, the altar of the sun with coral, the altar of the moon with white jade.

Wellhola Jewelry is selected for its pure and intense color with pyrite flecks, which are repeatedly polished to an eye-catching luster.

Suitable/recommended for.Office workers, decision makers, creators, people who cultivate their health, people who are weak and sick.

Lapis lazuli and ultramarine

Lapis lazuli has always been ground into a powder from ancient Greece to Roman times to the Renaissance. It was used to make a blue pigment called ultramarine. “Ultramarine is also used in many of the world’s most famous oil paintings.

Extracting ultramarine from lapis lazuli ore is very difficult, so natural ultramarine was very expensive in ancient times, and impurities had to be hand-picked out of the ore to get the highest and purest blue color.

Throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, ultramarine was in high demand so the ultramarine given to the painter by the commissioner was strictly calculated, almost as if the commissioner was given the maximum amount of blue, and only then did the painter compose the picture according to the dosage.

The elegance and dignity of royalty

In 1673, the treasury of King Louis XIV welcomed a precious and exquisite artifact: a lapis lazuli table setting. The piece itself is a 16th-century Italian work made of four pieces of pure-colored lapis lazuli with enamel decoration added in Paris in 1670.

The purity of the lapis lazuli color, but also become a porcelain “exclusive color”. In Louis XV’s mistress, Mrs. Pompadour’s initiative, the French imperial porcelain kiln Sèvres, forging a period of the West, belonging to the art of France’s great story.

A different blue color that became the exclusive mark of Sevres porcelain. Lapis lazuli blue, the first color used by Sèvres, mimics the translucent color and slightly mottled texture of Chinese porcelain. The rich lapis lazuli blue is decorated with exuberant floral motifs for the ultimate in visual enjoyment.

The blue of porcelain is internal and deep, and when the blue color sparkles with beads, it becomes a diamond or gemstone that adorns the ear and neck of a beautiful woman. It is a blue that burns from within, full and radiant.

Princess Kate, a member of the British royal family, has worn lapis lazuli necklaces and earrings.

To this day, Lapis Lazuli is not one of the world’s top five gemstones, but it remains an aristocrat.

Wearing it not only harmonizes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the body, aids in deep meditation, enhances observation and insight, but also reveals a noble, fresh, gentle and refined temperament.

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