The beautiful rich blue lapis lazuli has continuously been mined in Afghanistan for over six thousand years. Lapis has been used over the centuries to create jewelry, carvings, mosaics and other ornamental pieces.
Lapis was the stone of royalty used by the kings of Egypt for their beautiful carved amulets and seals. Cleopatra used powdered lapis for eye shadow and it was later used by the Renaissance painters to create deep blue ultramarine paints to depict the water, sky and luxurious fabrics in their masterpieces.
I find that the intense blue of lapis adds an element to my work that no other stone can produce. If you would like to see more gemstone mosaic jewelry please visit Gray Raven Designs.