Crystals In Depth

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is technically a rock, as it is composed of different minerals - blue Lazulite (very rare) or Hauyne, as is most often the case, white Calcite and golden Pyrite. The less white Calcite and golden Pyrite in the stone, the more desirable it is, and it must contain at least 25% blue material in order to be called Lapis Lazuli. The name is derived from the Latin for stone: lapis and the Persian for heaven: l'azulus.  It has been prized as a gemstone for over 6,000 years among many different civilisations. The ancient Egyptians used it to create amulets of...

Opal

Opal

Learn about different types of Opal, where they are from and why Opal is not technically a crystal!

Fluorite

Fluorite

Explore the history and metaphysical properties of Fluorite.