Stone Stories: Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue stone that has been valued for thousands of years. Found first in Afghanistan, these rich stones made into beaded necklaces were found among tombs and were used in the funeral mask of Tutankhamun. Once exported into Europe in the Middle Ages, it was ground and used for its pigment by some some of the most important artists of the time.
Cleopatra used the crushed pigment of Lapis Lazuli for eyeshadow. The hue of this stone is a bright, yet rich blue, most often found with white Calcite and Pyrite crystals embedded into the stone adding sparkle. The deeper the color blue with the absence of Calcite make this stone more desirable and valuable.
Lapis provides qualities of honesty and is a moral compass laced with compassion for others and for the self. It helps to allow self expression and awareness--encouraging you to speak your truth confidently.
We love Lapis, because really, how could you not? The rich blue hues laced with intermittent waves of sparkle bring the midnight sky right to you. A great stone to wear that goes with anything, just like your favorite blue jeans.