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What does lapis lazuli mean?
Lapis lazuli is the one of birthstones for the month of December. It is also sometimes considered a birthstone for the month of September. It is associated with the zodiac signs Sagitarrius and Capricorn.
Along with being used in jewelry, lapis lazuli can be ground and used as a pigment, such as for painting or decorating other materials. Powdered lapis lazuli used for pigment is often known as ultramarine.
The term lapis lazuli is also sometimes used to refer to a deep-blue color (like that of the stone).
Example: The exhibit featured an exquisite artifact sculpted from lapis lazuli.
Where does lapis lazuli come from?
The first records of the term lapis lazuli in English come from the 1300s. It is derived from the Latin lapis, meaning “stone,” and lazulī, which is of obscure origin (the word azure shares the same root).
Lapis lazuli frequently forms in crystalline limestone. Its composition can vary, but it is primarily composed of the mineral lazurite, which gives it its deep-blue color.
Lapis lazuli has a very long history of being highly prized for its intense coloring. It was traditionally mined in what is now Afghanistan and widely traded through ancient Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. Many ancient artifacts feature lapis lazuli, including necklaces, beads, and other ornaments. During the Middle Ages, powdered lapis lazuli was a very valuable pigment.
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How is lapis lazuli used in real life?
Lapis lazuli is known for its rich blue color and its use in jewelry.
The first blue pigment to hold its colour was often prized over gold. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was ground into an iridescent pigment, sometimes called ultramarine, that seemed to shine when applied to the canvas.
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— Van Peterson Design (@VanPetersons) February 21, 2021
Lapis Lazuli,Mesopotamian´s Sacred Gem
From 4000 B.C Lapis Lazuli was being traded in Mesopotamia. Royalty felt safer for the journey to the underworld if they could placate the gods with gifts of sacred Lapis Lazuli. It was their insurance,In Lapis Lazuli,Mesopotamian Sacred Gem pic.twitter.com/qA6HRRi3ga
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Lapis Lazuli Gold Rhyton. Iran, 6th–5th century BC, (H. 18 cm).
— Archaeo – Histories (@archeohistories) November 28, 2021
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Powdered lapis lazuli that’s used for pigment is called ultramarine.
How to use lapis lazuli in a sentence
He wore the official political uniform: a dark suit, a lapis blue tie and a white shirt—and, of course, a flag-pin on his lapel.Election Night 2012: Fashion of Jubilation And Mourning|Robin Givhan|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“When we come back next month all the trees there will be gone,” Lapis says.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia|Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco|June 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At Rome lime and volcanic ashes (lapis Puteolnus) were used with pieces of stone as large or larger than the fist.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
Hunc gestant ulnis angeli,Ne lapis officiat pedi;Ne luce timor occupet,Aut nocte pestis incubet.The Saint's Tragedy|Charles Kingsley
It is formed of two pieces joined by a hinge, and is decorated with figures in repouss on a ground inlaid with lapis lazuli.
To the centre is suspended by a small ring a scarabaeus of solid gold inlaid with lapis lazuli.
Once he desired pig, and Mrs. Turner put into it lapis costitus (lunar caustic).Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II|Various