Lapis lazuli is one of the most prized semi-precious stones. It has been used throughout the centuries for many purposes. Some believe that Cleopatra used crushed lapis as an eye shadow, while later in Italy it was crushed and used as a tint in expensive oil paints. The eyes of the Sphinx were said to be made of lapis discs before the Romans took them out long ago. Lapis may have iron pyrite, or fool's gold, running through it, or it may be found with a white mineral called calcite. Good lapis is a rich blue color and is becoming more difficult to get.
Some believe that lapis has properties which augment strength, vitality and virility. It opens the third eye chakra and aids in cosmic intuition.
The Inukshuk (pronounced in-uk-shook) is an Arctic sentinel and symbol of friendship. They were built centuries ago by the Inuit people in northern Canada. “Inukshuk” is Inuit for “in the image of man”.
The original inukshuks were large stone images or sculptures, created in the shape of a man. The Arctic people stacked and carefully balanced very large rocks to build large human-like sculptures. Like the sculptures of Easter Island, their true purpose and origins have been lost.
Inukshuks dot the Arctic landscape, they are believed to have been used to point out safe passageways in the north. Some inukshuks will have an "arm" that is called a "pointer" as it points out a path. Some believe they were used to guide nomadic peoples to summer and winter hunting grounds. Others may have a hole or "window" that may be used to sight other landmarks in the arctic. There are also "doorway" inukshuks that may have been used in Shamanic rituals, where a Shaman would pass through an archway to enter the spirit world. Perhaps we will never know the true origins or purposes of these mysterious sentinels.
Today inukshuks are a symbol of good luck and friendship. The image was chosen for the flag of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut. May you enjoy your inukshuk, and may it bring you good luck and friendship.
- Dimensions: 25 mm x 20 mm
- Features genuine stone of the highest quality
- This item includes an information card about the stone
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item
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