The name of this gemstone is derived from the Latin word ‘lapis’ meaning stone, and the Persian word ‘lazaward’, its name in Persian. It is prominently found in Afghanistan, the Andes Mountains, and near Lake Baikal in Siberia. It is usually deep blue and opaque in appearance, and should be handled with care owing to its delicate nature.
Lapis lazuli has been traditionally been associated with the qualities of truth and enlightenment, and with opening of the ‘Third’ Eye. It is thought to clear up negative feelings such as anger & frustration, and bring about balance & harmony. It is associated with the planet Jupiter since times ancient. Lapis lazuli was a favoured stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs in ancient Egypt as well.