This bold short necklace with natural Afghan Lapis Lazuli beads is suitable for both men and women. It combines well with the matching “bring peace” bracelet for a more impressive look. A stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of your spirit, and in the spoken and written word. Wear it for all forms of deep communication. It’s deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth. In ancient times Lapis Lazuli was most highly regarded because of its beautiful colors and the valuable ultramarine dye derived from it. Its name comes from the Latin lapis, “stone,” and the Persian lazhuward, “blue.” It is rock formed by multiple minerals, mostly Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite, and is a rich medium to royal blue with gold flecks (pyrites). Lapis Lazuli was among the most highly prized tribute paid to Egypt, obtained from the oldest mines in the world, worked from around 4000 B.C. and still in use today.