Lapis Lazuli Jewelry
Revered by the ancients and coveted by today's most stylish designers, the incredibly vivid opaque blue of the gemstone lapis lazuli has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Lapis was prized in Babylonia, Egypt and the Middle East, often worn by royalty as a protection from evil.
Lapis: Magical Properties & Intense Color
For many cultures, lapis lazuli was regarded as a holy stone. In fact, artists creating pictures of the Madonna used paint created from lapis lazuli.
With its phenomenal color and those fabulous golden flecks, which seem to replicate the magic of a starry sky, lapis lazuli jewelry has held incredible allure through time. The golden points of light are not of gold as people used to think but of pyrites, due to the presence of iron.
Our jewelry buyers and designers travel the world to bring you our favorite lapis bracelets, lapis necklace, and lapis rings and earrings. Browsing the Ross-Simons' website is a fascinating experience since our lapis lazuli collection changes constantly as we explore the latest looks, most fashionable designs and the hottest current trends to update our collection.
This blue stone is comprised mainly of lazurite, often with white calcite inclusions and metallic pyrite flecks. Known as the stone of friendship and truth, lapis is said to encourage harmony in relationships. More about colored gemstones.
In our quest for the most exotic and classical lapis lazuli jewelry, we at Ross-Simons have assembled an eclectic collection of lapis necklaces, lapis rings, and wonderful lapis earrings ranging from Estate treasures to contemporary classics. The prices of this gemstone are largely dependent on the beauty and intensity of the color. The most popular jewelry comes in an intense, deep blue and lapis sets brilliantly in 14kt gold and sterling silver.
Lapis is mined in Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Chile, and the US (California and Colorado).
Lapis Jewelry Care & Handling
Unlike all other blue pigments, which tend to pale in the light, lapis jewelry is relatively fade-resistant. Lapis lazuli jewelry can easily be scratched or chipped. Water will dissolve its protective coatings so rings should be taken off during household work! It is a relatively soft gem, rated 5-6 on the Mohs scale. If you do slice into your lapis, beware: it emits quite an odor since it is contains high sulfur content! We suggest wrapping your lapis necklaces, lapis rings and jewelry in a soft cloth such as the one in your Ross-Simons presentation box to preserve the beauty of your lapis jewels.