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This is a beautiful Lapis Lazuli crystal ball from Afghanistan. It is lovely with its deep blue color and natural spots of golden pyrite. The ball comes with a nice little wood stand as well. It does have a couple of white circular lines on it which I am not sure if they are natural in the stone or made when grinding it into a ball. They are smooth to the touch so I would say they are not scratches.
Some characteristics and metaphysical propertieses of Lapis Lazuli:
Lapis, although technically a rock, is often referred to as gemstone because of its rarity and mystical blue and gold color. It is primarily found in only two places in the world, Afghanistan and Chile. The Afghanistan Lapis being prized as the more beautiful. It is made of mostly lazurite and pyrite. Pyrite giving the stone its golden specks of color.
Lapis is valued for its beauty, rarity, and positive metaphysical properties.
Considered an Aphrodisiac by the Romans and a magical stone by the Egyptians the used the rock for making carvings and jewelry.
Lapis might be regarded as the stone of friendship and truth. It can help with awareness, creativity and communication so is excellent for people who want to improve their communication or whose jobs require a lot of verbal interaction. It can be useful in overcoming insomnia, depression and aid as a protective stone.