The shape of this lapis stone is similar to a stalagmite. Stalagmites rise from the floor of the cave. The stone has two layers of brilliant blue lapis and one layer of calcite. The layer of calcite looks like vanilla between an ice cream Sandwich. The stone also has beautiful speckled inclusions of pyrite which shine well in any light.
Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue colored metamorphic rock which has been used as a semi-precious stone since the 7th millennium BC. It is prized for its intense mystic blue color and specks of calcite and pyrite which give the mottled colors a goldish hue. Lapis cabochons are stills used to this day for jewelry, decoration or collection.
The meaning of Lapis Lazuli comes from "Lapis", which is Latin for "stone", and "Lajevard", Persian name for the stone and also a location where lapis was once mined. The stone was ground for its natural ultramarine pigment; it was the most expensive blue pigment and was reserved for nobility and depictions of Virgin Mary. Lapis lazuli makes a great collectible stone, decorative centerpiece for your living room, bathroom accents or even as a simple paper weight. The mystique of the stone always draws attention and adds intrigue to any room.