Chronicles of LLvD 2014 – LL (Lapis Lazuli)
End April 2014 – Den Haag, NL
The mission of the day was just accomplished, setting the scene outside an office building in Den Haag, NL. I walked outside, turned left and started walking up the street, where there was a fancy gem store. Not being inclined to shop much, every so often it is fun to randomly pick out a talisman* and then read all about it afterwards to see if there may be any obvious connections to real life.
The store was jam packed with various gems, fossils, etc. and it was initially overwhelming. Then, I honed in on a tall glass cabinet stacked with every variation imaginable of a blue stone with a little informational sign stating that the stones were amazingly powerful. Pretty blue things are not something I would really need to argue about anyhow, seeing how I am in love with living in Delft, so I bought a round, flat piece with a hole through it and a little blue flower of the same stone.
*Definition of talisman
1 : an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune
2 : something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects
(Miriam Webster Dictionary)
When I got home of course I immediately went online and lo and behold —-
…this was the type of stone Vermeer used for his special Ultramarine colored oil paint.
These are the types of experiences that drive it home for me that this is the right path, Dutch Destiny.
“The use of natural ultramarine in Vermeer’s painting could easily constitute a study in itself. Although genuine ultramarine can be found in almost every painting by Vermeer, it is truly surprising to what extent Vermeer actually employed the pigment. Not only is it found in blue colored objects themselves but upon close inspection traces can be found in the shaded portions of white drapery, black marble tiles, green foliage, white washed walls and even in the shadows of the brilliant orange gown in The Glass of Wine.” Essentialvermeer.nl
Lapis Lazuli is a stone of communication that can bring truthfulness, openness, and mental clarity. It is used to help you say just the right thing, as if by magic. See the entirety of the stone’s properties at Crystal Meanings @ CrystalsAndJewelry.com.
There may be some people that think my words are like magic. Others… not so much. 🙂 hehe The rest of the properties are rather intriguing however, all kidding aside. Take a look. Perhaps I should find it a necklace or string to start wearing it again.
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