Lapis Lazuli

I don’t know about you, but we have fallen in love with Lapis Lazuli here at Miller Mae!!  The rich royal blue stones are stunning when alone, and are even more so when mixed with the golden flecks that the stone is famous for.  Fun fact: the gold inclusions that naturally form in the stone are actually tiny flecks of Pyrite stone (otherwise known as “fool’s gold”).

                                                                  Miller Mae Designs pieces featuring Lapis Lazuli

                                                                  Miller Mae Designs pieces featuring Lapis Lazuli

The history of this stone is just as fascinating as its color.  Did you know that lapis lazuli was one of the first gemstones ever worn as jewelry?  Archaeologists have found that the stone was wildly popular amongst the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome.  A symbol of status and wealth, the lapis lazuli stone was once one of the most expensive stones across the world.  When ground up, the stone would produce paint in a stunning shade of blue that refuses to fade (even lasting until today, thousands of years later).  This paint was the most expensive paint one could buy.  It became a huge deal to have the lapis color in your portrait.  Many depictions of the Madonna include the stunning shade as seen below.

From Left to Right (Top-Down): Head of the Madonna (1296); Madonna and Child (1486); Madonna and Child (1433); Madonna Delle Roccie by Fra Filippo Lippi; Praying Madonna (1660); Madonna (Italian Early Renaissance)

From Left to Right (Top-Down): Head of the Madonna (1296); Madonna and Child (1486); Madonna and Child (1433); Madonna Delle Roccie by Fra Filippo Lippi; Praying Madonna (1660); Madonna (Italian Early Renaissance)

All in all, the stone is one of our favorites.  Its staying power in popular culture is truly admirable.  Even today, the stone is a favorite in jewelry, and the royal blue derived from it shows up in all areas of culture.  Royal blue is seen as the “universal color”.  Basically, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t look good in the color.  So even if it’s not your favorite shade, you’re going to look great wearing it!  So go on, and splurge on a bit of lapis lazuli of your own!

Style On,

Miller Mae Designs