The name for lapis lazuli comes from the Latin word for "stone" (lapis) and the Arabian word for "blue" (azul). True to the name, these semiprecious beads offer blue shades with inclusions that twinkle like stars in the tales of the Arabian Nights. Lapis lazuli was one of the first gemstones ever to be worn as jewelry (a busy lapis trade is thought to have existed as early as 4000 B.C.). Lapis lazuli is considered to be a stone of truth and friendship. They are reputed to bring harmony to relationships, cleanse the mental body, and release old karmic patterns.
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