The Wall Street Journal recently pointed out that ancient lapis is having a modern moment. Lapis means simply stone in Latin. The blue stone (Lapis Lazuli) was found in Afghanistan mines more than 6000 years ago and Afghanistan is still the main producer of Lapis today. Lapis is used in jewelry and for carving objects and was coveted by the ancient Greek, Egyptian, Persian and Mesopotamian civilizations. In ancient Egypt, the color blue represented royalty, which made lapis a very important stone during that time. For instance, lapis was found in one of the greatest archeological finds, King Tut’s tomb. The eyes of his mask are decorated with the deep blue lapis.
August 2, 2016