A deep blue stone, prized for its intense colour and interesting textures. Found in Neolithic burial grounds from as far back as the 7th millennium BC. Ancient Egyptians often used it for amulets such as scarab beetles and it was found laid as tributes in their famous tombs, even used as the eyebrows on the funeral mask of King Tutenkhamun. Lapis Lazuli usually occurs in crystalline marble as a result of contact metamorphism.
Lapis Lazuli is used to promote harmony in relationships, and is reputed to be a stone of awareness and wisdom. Often used to aid meditation, Lapis is a powerful stone to focus the mind on what is truly important, allowing larger issues to be worked through with channelled cognitive power. It is also used in conjunction with other stones for cleansing and purifying to enhance their intensity.
Lapis Lazuli is often crafted into beautiful jewellery and home decoration pieces such as spheres, eggs and pyramids. It was used during the Renaissance period to create the pigment ultramarine, which featured in the frescos and paintings of the great artists of the time. This practice ended in the early 19th century when synthetic ultramarine pigments became available.