A stone with a
rich history. The sapphire referred to in the Bible was actually Lapis
as an inlay material along with malachite, Russian furniture makers
fashion fabulous table-tops from the stone. As well as its use in
jewellery as a beautiful and rich stone, ground to a fine powder, the
stone becomes the basis for the artists' colour Ultramarine.
gold flecks associated with the stone are in fact pyrite (fools' gold)
and there is some controversy as to whether or not these flecks are
desirable. Fashion plays a part in dictating this.
is reputed to have a number of healing properties, especially for the
nervous system, MS, hearing, inflammation and pain. The Chinese used
powdered lapis as eye shadow.