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Lapis Lazuli

by Julie MIALET 26 Jul 2019

From Ur To Nowadays…

Lapis lazuli is an ornamental stone of the silicate family.
It can be recognized thanks to its blue color and its golden inclusions of pyrite and white inclusions of calcite.
The word lapis means stone in Latin and lazuli means blue in Persian.
It is a stone that is used in a wide variety of fields: painting, decoration and jewelery.

Crushed stone was used as a pigment in paintings until the early nineteenth century. This deep sea blue was that of the sky or the mantle of the Virgin Mary. It was also used for illuminations during the Middle Ages.

White gold, diamonds, lapis lazuli Pendant, Louis Vuitton 



The use of lapis lazuli goes back more than 7000 years. In Mesopotamia, the Sumerians of Ur used it to adorn their jewels, but also to make amulets or cylinder seals …
The Egyptians used lapis to inlay the eyes of their statues or to decorate sarcophagi, headdresses and chest plates.
During the Middle Ages, it was thought that the lapis had aphrodisiac virtues. The men crushed the stone, mixed the powder with milk and drank the whole mixture.

Yellow gold, diamonds, turquoise, lapis lazuli Brooch, Cartier



Historically, the largest production is in Sar-e-Sang, Afghanistan. The mine still provides today beautiful deep blue stones.
The Ovalle mine in Chile also produces a large amount of stones but smaller and much paler.
Russia, Burma, the United States and Angola also have mines, but they are not very important.

Rose gold, diamonds, lapis lazuli Watch, Piaget



When used in jewelry, lapis lazuli is often cut in cabochon and polished. It is possible to add resin or wax on the surface to improve the hardness of the stone which is only 5 (Mohs Scale).

Yellow gold, lapis lazuli “Serpent Bohème” Ring, Boucheron 

The great houses of Place Vendôme, such as Cartier, Piaget, Boucheron or Van Cleef And Arpels have always used this stone for its incredible color.

Yellow gold, diamonds, coral, lapis lazuli Brooch, Sterlé

Yellow gold, lapis lazuli “Alhambra” Necklace, Van Cleef And Arpels


If you are interested in lapis lazuli, don’t hesitate to discover what les Pierres de Julie have to offer in the store…

We are also available for any free expertise of your lapis lazuli jewelry, for that you can send an email with your photos to

Whether you're interested in buying a piece of jewellery or a stone, a free jewelry appraisal or jewelry resale, Pierres de Julie welcomes you to its Parisian boutique in the Village Suisse, a stone's throw from the Ecole Militaire and the Esplanade des Invalides.

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