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.
Onyx is a variety of agate encountered in white, black and beige-brown. Its name is of Greek origin and refers to the lines that can be seen on the claws of several animals. It is considered to give courage to overcome difficulties and encourage decision-making. This mineral is also mentioned in Theophrastus’ work. In the bible, it represents Benjamin, the twelfth tribe of Israel.