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Lapis lazuli, according to anthropological record, was one of the first gemstones ever used for jewelry. Excavations of ancient Mediterranean cultural centers have revealed jewelry of lapis lazuli set in tombstones for the after-life journey of the deceased. Legends surrounding the significance of lapis lazuli have dated back as far as 5000 B.C. Assyrians, who called lapis lazuli Uknu, regarded it as a holy stone, bringing the blue of the sky and the light of the Gods to earth. Alexander the Great first brought lapis lazuli to Europe, where upon French and Gemany royality took a particular fancy to its deep and vivid blue. The name itself is a compound of the Arabic word "azula," meaning "blue sky," and the Latin word "lapis," meaning "stone."

Traditionally, lapis lazuli has been associated with alleviating ailments which afflict the upper body. It helps to balance and regulate the thyroid gland and strengthen the neck and vocal cords. Psychologically, lapis lazuli promotes clear understanding and intuition, and is effective against depression.

Astrologically, lapis lazuli is associated with Sagittarius.

Moonlit Waters jewelry incorporating lapis includes:

Seven Seas
Seven Seas
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli