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Lapis Lazuli Beads (63)

The deep blue of Lapis Lazuli Beads is often flecked with golden sparkles. This stone has been prized since ancient times for jewelry, carvings, bowls and funeral decorations. It was also used in creating the paint color ultramarine. The mines of Afghanistan were the source of lapis in the ancient world and still produce most of the world’s supply of these gemstones, but it is also found in Russia, Chile, Italy and Mongolia, as well as the United States and Canada.

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    Lapis Lazuli Plain Nugget Beads 16 inch 14 pieces

    Beads measure about 27x19-32x24mm. These large nugget beads offer a sizable face of Lapis Lazuli in well formed nuggets with a smooth polish and re...

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    5.5-6.5mm Lapis Lazuli Plain Cube Beads 16 inch 55 pieces

    Beads measure about 5.5mm to 6.5mm in diameter. These beads are color enhanced to achieve a vivid blue of unmatched saturation. Cubes vary slightly...

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    6.5mm Lapis Lazuli Plain Heishi Beads 16 inch 230pcs

    Beads average 6.5mm in diameter. These beads have a vivid blue color that is unmatched by all but the bluest Lapis Lazuli. Our plain Heishis are ma...

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Marquise beads 8 inch 8 pieces

    Beads range from about 17x8mm to 23x9.5mm. These colorful marquise beads showcase an incredible faceting that has our Lapis Lazuli looking better t...

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    Lapis Lazuli Plain Teardrop Beads 7 inch 14 pieces

    Beads range from about 20x7mm to 34x9mm. These gorgeous and delicate teardrops feature and array of dazzling blue hues and a texture that sparkles ...

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Heart Focals 2 Pieces

    Beads average 14mm in diameter.

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Pear Focals 2 Pieces

    Beads average 28x17mm.

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    7.5-8.5mm Lapis Lazuli Plain Cube Beads 8 inch 24 pieces

    Beads average between 7.5mm and 8.5mm in diameter. These plain cubes exhibit and array of dazzling blue hues and a texture that sparkles with pyrit...

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Heart Focals 2 Pieces

    Beads average 30x26mm.

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Trillion Beads 9 inch 15 pieces

    Beads measure about 11mm in diameter. These Trillion beads showcase excellent faceting and color with consistent size across the strand. This uniqu...

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Focals - Lot of 5

    Beads average about 20mm in length.

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Heart Focals 2 Pieces

    Beads average 22x20mm.

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    Lapis Lazuli Plain Rondelle Beads 8 inch 33 pieces

    Beads average 8.5mm to 11.5mm in diameter. These beautiful beads have a deep blue color that comes out wonderfully in these well polished rondelles...

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    Lapis Lazuli Hand Cut Plain Round Beads 12 inch 50 pieces

    Beads average about 6.5mm in diameter. Expect a rougher, more organic rounded shape in these hand cut beads. This Lapis Lazuli is color treated to ...

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    Lapis Lazuli Hand Cut Plain Round Beads 12 inch 75 pieces

    Beads average about 4.5mm in diameter. Expect a rougher, more organic rounded shape in these hand cut beads. This Lapis Lazuli is color treated to ...

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Rondelle Beads 16 inch 115 pieces

    Beads range from about 6.5mm to 12mm in diameter. This strand features a unique assortment of rondelles, many of which are thinner and nearly disc ...

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Rondelle Beads 8 inch 50 pieces

    Beads range from about 6.5mm to 7.5mm in diameter.

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Teardrop Focal Bead 1 Piece

    Beads average 30x6mm and are top-drilled through the thin end. These beautiful focal pendants feature deep blues with stripes of lighter color.

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Pear Focal Bead 1 Piece

    Beads average 35x12mm. Drill holes designated by black line in photo. These beautiful focal pendants feature deep blues with stripes of lighter color.

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Pear Focal Bead 1 Piece

    Beads average 28x12mm. Drill holes designated by black line in photo. These beautiful focal pendants feature deep blues with stripes of lighter color.

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    Lapis Lazuli Half Moon Beads 8 inch 13 pieces

    Beads average about 15x11mm.

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    Lapis Lazuli Half Moon Focal Beads - Set of 2

    Includes 2 top-drilled half moon beads averaging 15x10mm.

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Rondelle Beads 7.5 inch 25 pieces

    Beads average between 11mm and 12mm in diameter.

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    Lapis Lazuli Faceted Rondelle Beads 7.5 inch 23 pieces

    Beads average between 12mm and 13mm in diameter.

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Deepest Darkest Blue

Lapis lazuli beads get their distinctive blue color from lazurite, a mineral composed of silica, sulfate, sulfur and chloride. The stone often has inclusions of golden pyrite, which gives lapis lazuli gemstones the appearance of a dark blue sky full of stars. The name ‘lapis’ means ‘rock’ in Latin, while ‘lazuli’ come from the Latin ‘lazulum’ and refers to the area of Persia where the stones were mined. The gorgeous color of these beads make them perfect for jewelry and crafts projects.

First Gemstones

Lapis lazuli beads are believed to be among the first gemstones ever used. Many examples of jewelry, carved bowls and vases made from lapis lazuli have been found by archeologists at sites around the ancient world, such as the Mediterranean, Persia, Egypt and Mesopotamia. Lapis lazuli was especially prized for funeral decorations. The Egyptians used lapis lazuli gemstones to create scarabs, the carved beetles that were part of death rites, and the eyebrows of King Tutankhamun’s death mask. Because lapis is relatively soft and easy to carve, it was popular for seals and signet rings. Some ancient scholars called lapis lazuli ‘sapphire,’ and it is thought that the references to sapphires in the Bible are actually talking about lapis lazuli.

Used in Painting

When ground to a fine powder, lapis lazuli gives a brilliant blue color that has been used to create a paint shade called ultramarine. This pigment was very expensive and it was used especially for the garments of the Virgin Mary on Renaissance frescos. Vermeer used ultramarine for the headdress in his painting Girl with the Pearl Earring in 1665. In the nineteenth century, synthetic and much less expensive ultramarine became available and lapis lazuli beads were no longer used for this purpose.

Stone of Truth

Crystal workers use lapis lazuli beads to clear the mind and strengthen the intellect. Students, journalists and writers can all use the dark blue stone to aid them in uncovering the truth in a situation and understanding difficult material. Wearing lapis lazuli helps with learning and memory and supports effective communication. It is said to promote fame, so if you are seeking recognition and public approval for your work, get some jewelry made of lapis lazuli gemstones from the Bead Traders!

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