Thick Lapis Inlay and Diamond Ring

Thick Lapis Inlay and Diamond Ring is featured in 14K White Gold and is inlayed with Lapis! It is also available with Onyx and Dinosaur Bone.

Lapis Lazuli is a blue rock made of several different minerals including lazurite, sodalite, hauyne, calcite (which shows as white flecks), and pyrite (which adds a golden yellow sparkle). The composition and color of each stone varies, but it's the general intense dark blue color that is considered its best quality. Lapis lazuli has a uniform, massive appearance with distinct crystals, and can be semi opaque or opaque. Its color is of a strong, lively blue, sometimes with hint of violet. It often contains grayish or off-white patches or veins. Lapis lazuli stones vary in hardness, ranging from a 5 to 5.5 on the hardness scale.

Ancient Egyptians regarded lapis lazuli as a heavenly stone and used it on the statues of their gods and in burial masks for protection for the next life. The stone has been used in many famous pieces throughout history, including the mask of Tutankhanem, or King Tut. Egyptian cultures made a practice of burying a lapis lazuli scarab with their dead, and believed it to offer protection. The very earliest cultures valued lapis lazuli more highly than gold.


Related Items