Origin: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia
Lore: One of the first gems used in jewelry, Lapis was mentioned in writing in 2650 BC in the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh, in the Book of Exodus in the Bible, and in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. The legendary city of Ur, situated on the Euphrates River, is reported to have run a thriving trade in lapis lazuli as early as 4000 B.C. Lapis was prized in both Babylonia and Egypt, and it was often worn by royalty; ancient Sumerians believed the spirit of their gods lived within lapis lazuli. The stone was introduced to Europe by Alexander the Great.
Mystical: Lapis strengthens the mind and body as well as increasing awareness and spiritual connection/evolution. Lapis also helps build self-confidence, was a traditional stone of royalty, brings spiritual love and is also known for enhancing love and fidelity within marriage. It is associated with the throat and brow chakras.