|Price is per 16-inch strand of these beautiful lapis beads. All will be slightly fifferent color, patter, size & shape - but the largest in the strand measures about 22mm x 7mm x 6mm - about 113 to the strand. Lapis is for friendship and self-descipline. |
Lapis Lazuli is gemstone straight out of fairy tales of the Arabian Nights: deepest blue with golden shining Pyrite inclusions
which twinkle like little stars. Named after Lapis, the Latin word for stone, and the Arabian for blue. Thousands of years
before Christ, Egyptian and Persian royalty wore lapis as a talisman to deter danger. In other cultures it was worshipped
as a holy stone and thought to have magical power in oriental countries. Many believe the Biblical sapphire was actually
lapis lazuli. Through the ages, lapis has been associated with power, wisdom, love, and a stimulant for psychic ability. And
in the art world its famous for the ultramarine blue paint used by the Grand Old Masters, like on portraits of the Virgin Mary.
While other compositions have long since paled, lapis has lost nothing of its brilliance.