Indigo blue flecked with spots of gold: lapis lazuli’s color is unforgettable. The finest specimens of this ornamental stone display an intense ultramarine blue sprinkled with pyrite. Rich in history, lapis lazuli is the symbol of the starry canopy of heaven.
Decorating many items of jewelry and objects in the Egyptian period or set into Tutankhamun’s gold funeral mask, lapis lazuli has been used in jewelry for several millennia. Today, it is teamed with fine stones in colorful compositions with a structured design.
Lapis lazuli is sourced from excellent deposits in Afghanistan, as well as Russia, Myanmar, and Pakistan. It presents a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs scale.