Lapis Lazuli

Beautiful blue lapis lazuli beads with golden sparkles

At Smyks we offer a wide range of beads for jewelry made of genuine lapis lazuli. See the complete assortment below.
Lapis lazuli is known for its intense blue colour and has been a highly appreciated semi-precious stone for thousands of year because of this quality. Tutankhamun had his death mask made of this stone, and during the Renaissance and the Baroque period it played a major role, as its pigment were used to colour for example the clothes of the Virgin Mary or the headscarf of the “Girl with the Pearl Earring” in Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting.
The pearls here are genuine Lapis stones, but all are color enhanced to some degree. This means that the original stone has been varnished, dyed or heat treated to obtain the classic deep blue color. The color usually does not contaminate under normal use, but for a safety reason, just wipe the beads with a damp cloth at reception.

For inspiration and DIY guides on jewelry with lapis lazuli beads or other gemstones, please go to Smyks' DIY Jewelry blog.
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The story behind Lapis Lazuli


Lapis Lazuli, a gemstone known for its intense blue color, has been associated with art, astrology and deep symbolism throughout history. Its characteristics include a fascinating deep blue color that is sometimes chemically adorned with golden pyrite inclusions, creating a unique and enchanting visual expression. This stone has been considered a symbol of royalty, wisdom and true communication.

Historically, Lapis Lazuli has been used in painting and makeup, where it was crushed and finely ground to the intense blue color. Its history as a pigment dates back to ancient civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians.


Lapis Lazuli in the world of jewelry


Lapis Lazuli has pretty much always been a staple in jewelry production. One of the most famous examples is the spectacular "Lapis Lazuli Bead Necklace" from the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, dated to around 2600-2500 B.C. This piece of jewellery consists of Lapis Lazuli beads and is considered to be one of the oldest pieces of jewellery discovered.
There is also historical jewelry from ancient Egyptian and Babylonian cultures where Lapis Lazuli was used in jewelry for royalty and was considered a symbolic stone of royalty and divinity.

In more recent times, Lapis Lazuli has been set in jewelry by renowned designers and jewelry artists around the world. The stone is often incorporated into necklaces, earrings and bracelets due to its beautiful color and unique patterns that add depth and elegance to jewelry making.


Lapis Lazuli from the inside: chemistry and astrology  


Astrologically, Lapis Lazuli is said to enhance communication and mental clarity and is considered the stone of Sagittarius and Virgo.

The chemical composition of Lapis Lazuli consists primarily of the minerals lazurite, sodalite, pyrite and limestone, giving the stone its characteristic blue color with inclusions of golden pyrite.


Lapis Lazuli for your DIY jewelry


Lapis Lazuli is ideal for homemade jewelry, where its intense blue color adds depth and character. It can be combined with other stones or metals to create contrasts or complement other colors and textures. From creating dramatic necklaces to more subtle earrings or as a central element in a unique design, Lapis Lazuli is a versatile and impressive stone for jewelry making. Translated with (free version)