HOW IT WORKS
HOW IT IS FORMED
Lapis is a Latin word meaning "stone", while lazuli comes from the Persian word lazhuward, meaning "blue". The combination of minerals, including lazurite, sodalite, calcite, and pyrite, often resemble a night sky full of stars. Top quality lapis lazuli has been mined in the mountains of Afghanistan for thousands of years.
HISTORY & LEGENDS
Lapis lazuli has been used in fine art throughout the ages. It was the ground down to create a deep-blue pigment for painters, used heavily by Renaissance painters until the 19th century to depict their subjects, including the flowing robes of the Virgin Mary and the seas and skies on church walls and ceilings like in the Sistine Chapel.