Lapis Lazuli is an impressive blue opaque gemstone, composed of the following minerals: Lazurite, Calcite and Pyrite. The latter often appears as golden sparkling specks on the surface of the stone and is one of the elements that adds to the beauty and uniqueness of this precious gemstone. Etymologically, Lapis means “stone” in Latin. The second word comes from the Persian word Lazuar, which again means “stone” in Persian. For the last 6500 year, the best quality Lapis in the world has been extracted from the mines of Afghanistan. It is considered to be the stone of wisdom and emotions. It relieves pain and promotes expressiveness.
Quartz is one of the most common minerals, making up almost 12% of the Earth’s crust. It is also known as silicon dioxide and is encountered in sedimentary and volcanic rocks. When found at high temperature during the last phase of its precipitation, quartz crystallizes within only a few months. It is mined in Brazil, Japan, America and Switzerland.