Lapis Lazuli

Alternate Names & Spellings for Lapis Lazuli: Lapis, Denim Lapis

Rough Lapis Lazuli Example Rough Lapis Lazuli Example

Hardness (Mohs): 5.5
Color(s):  Blue, Violet, Greenish-Blue
Transparency:  Opaque
Lustre: Vitreous, Greasy
Habit: Aggregate
Common / Notable Locations:  Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar)

Rock Lore & Tidbits:

Lapis Lazuli is not a single mineral. It is a combination of lazurite, calcite, and pyrite, with small amounts of other minerals.  Contrary to common belief, it does not contain lazulite. Lapis Lazuli literally means “blue stone” from Latin and Persian or Arabic. Lapis Howlite or blue howlite may look like Lapis Lazuli at a glance, but are not the same stone. Denim Lapis is a lighter Lapis Lazuli due to a higher content of white calcite.

Crystal Meanings Lore of Lapis Lazuli

Keywords:  Truth, Inner Power, Organization

Lapis Lazuli is traditionally a stone of royalty. When ever I think of it, the Lapiz Lazuli around the eyes of King Tut’s mask comes to mind. Truly royal!

Spiritual and Psychic Properties

Lapis Lazuli is said to help create and maintain a connection between the physical and celestial planes, creating a strong spiritual connection. This may be related to its property of assisting in contact with guardian spirits.

Intuitive and psychic awareness are energies Lapis Lazuli enhances and brings to the fore. As it is also a stone that helps with writing, it can also be used for automatic writing.

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Lapis Lazuli is a manifestation stone. It is also an excellent meditation stone. Meditating on a goal or quality you wish to manifest can bring this strong manifestation energy in. It is also a powerful crystal for positive or white magic.

As a protection stone, Lapis Lazuli protects from both psychic and physical attacks. It can be used in protection grids, worn, or carried to bring these protection energies. It can also be used for protection of an environment when placed in the corners of the space.

Mental and Emotional Properties

Lapis Lazuli is a stone of communication that can bring truthfulness, openness, and mental clarity. It is used to help you say just the right thing, as if by magic.

Mentally, Lapis Lazuli has helpful energy. It can bring mental and emotional virility and strengthen the mind. It also is said to enhance creativity.  Its energy can help organize daily life as well as organizing and quieting a busy or restless mind. lessening confusion, and increasing concentration.

Strong emotional components of Lapis Lazuli are the strength and ability to overcome abuse issues, trauma, rape recovery, as well as depression and grief. Partly this is due to its energy of bringing inner power and hope. This strong inner power can also build courage, confidence, and overcome shyness. Hope brings trust that things will work out in spite of past traumas. It also is used to decrease irritability, whether caused by trauma issues or day to day frustrations.


Dream work and dream recall are two mystical uses of Lapis Lazuli. It is said to bring the inforrmation from the dreams into daily life where it imparts wisdom.

Lapis Lazuli brings spiritual love and is also known for enhancing love and fidelity within marriage.

Physical Conditions Lore

Lapis Lazuli is said in crystal healing to be helpful for a number of issues including sinus ailments, cancer, headaches, nervous system, speech problems, pituitary gland, body strength, virility, pain relief, heart, immune system, RLS, spleen, bones, autism, depression, epilepsy, seizures, eye and vertigo vision problems,  sleep disorders including insomnia, fibromyalgia, feminine reproductive system including PMS, thyroid, RNA/DNA damage, hearing loss, Eustachian tube disorders, and tuberculosis.  Note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information. Also note that Lapis Lazuli may contain copper and/or sulphur, and for this reason I suggest using the indirect method for creating crystal exlixirs or gem essences.

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Related Chakras

Lapis Lazuli is related to both the throat and brow chakras, often bringing a strong synergy to their individual energy patterns.

More on Lapis Lazuli From My Personal Perspective

Lapis Lazuli is not only a celestial stone in appearance with it’s dotted “stars” of pyrite in blue, it also has wonderful energy.  I particularly like it as a stone for mental organization which is very empowering.

Hattip to for mineral information on lapis lazli; Love Is In The Earth by Melody and Crystal Wisdom: Spiritual Properties of Crystals and Gemstones by Dolfyn for metaphysical information/ and to on Flickr for the King Tut Mask Photo (CC by SA 2.0 License). View lapis lazuli information at

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Golden Mask of King Tut (Cairo)
King Tut mask with Lapis Lazuli around the eyes.

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