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The name Lapis Lazuli is derived from the Latin 'lapis' meaning "stone", and the Persian 'lazhward' meaning blue.
Elders in ancient times referred to Lapis Lazuli as "a fragment of the starry firmament" in admiration of its deep blue color and twinkling gold pyrite inclusions.
Lapis Lazuli has long been considered a stone of truth and friendship that can enhance awareness, insight and intellect. It has also been deemed a stone of peace and harmony, and self-awareness and enlightenment.