Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lapis Lazuli Copper Poker Set

I designed the copper and Lapis Lazuli earrings above to coordinate with my copper and Lapis Lazuli pendant set. The occasion: a Texas Hold 'Em social. A month or so ago, I found myself signed up for such an event, even though a high roller, I am not. In fact, until that night, I'd never played.

Lapis Lazuli is a royal blue stone with flecks of gold-colored iron pyrite. From ancient times, the stone has been treasured and used to make jewelry. Known as the stone of friendship, especially for Sagittarius, Lapis Lazuli is believed to cultivate wisdom, power, love, and psychic abilities. The legends, reports, and stories surrounding lapis lazuli date back to 5000 B.C. Goddesses Athena, Bast, Diana, Iambe, Isis, Medusa, and Tyche (Fortuna) wore Lapis Lazuli as adornment.  For the Assyrians, Lapis Lazuli was the holy stone Uknu, which brought the blue of the sky and with it the light of the gods to the earth. The word is a compound word made up of the Arabic azul, meaning “blue sky” and the Latin lapis, meaning “stone.”

Historically, Lapis was mistaken for sapphires and at one time was equal to gold in value. The Pharoah wore a Lapis Lazuli as a symbol of great power. Wearing Lapis Lazuli is said to strengthen the body while the wearer is experiencing a spiritual awakening. When you hold it in your hand, you may be inspired to find your "one and only" partner. The stone supports the throat chakra, the communication center of the body.

And ... while I cannot claim to have experienced a spiritual awakening at the Texas Hold 'Em event, I met some interesting people and did well at poker.  {wink}

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