Lapis lazuli is a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense dark blue color.
Lapis Lazuli is one of the most sought after stones in use since man's history began. Its deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth.
In Ancient Egypt, pharaohs favorite lapis lazuli, and judges wore emblems of Maat, the goddess of truth, made from the stone.
The name “Lapis lazuli” means “blue stone.” The gorgeous blue color of lapis lazuli has also attracted the attention of artists for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians also used it to create blue cosmetics. In the Renaissance, painters ground the stone to make ultramarine, a blue pigment used for skies and seas.