A gemstone of regality and vibrancy, lapis lazuli is steeped in ancient Egyptian history where it was referred to as "heaven's stone." The lapis lazuli mines that in Afghanistan have been producing this gemstone since 700 BC are still in use today, making them the oldest source of commercial gemstones. Hannah Blount Jewelry loves lapis lazuli for its rich shades of cobalt blue, organic striations, and glimmering pockets of pyrite.
MOHs Hardness: 5-6
Care: Avoid dropping your lapis lazuli jewelry onto hard surfaces and keep away from chemicals: contact with cosmetics, oils, acids, etc. can damage lapis lazuli. To clean your lapis lazuli jewelry, use warm, soapy water and remove any dirt with a toothbrush or the like gently. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner.
Healing Properties: Courage, honesty, and protection from evil.
Repurposed from various sources, these “break-out” diamonds are an ethical variation of modern diamonds. Often less than a half-carat, Repurposed Modern Melee Diamonds come in a variety of shapes and enhance every design they’re featured in.
MOHs Hardness: 10
Origins: Various secondary markets including auctions, estate sales, and refineries.
Care: While diamonds are the earth’s hardest gemstone, they can still break. Avoid dropping diamonds onto hard surfaces. To clean your diamond piece, soak in warm, soapy water and remove any dirt with a toothbrush or the like. It is safe to clean with an ultrasonic and steam cleaner.
Healing Properties: Diamonds are believed to promote radiance, self-sovereignty, and fearlessness.
Anniversary: 60th and 75th