Pretty Rocks: Lapis Lazuli

8mm Round Beads from Bead Girlz Boutique
8mm Round Beads from Bead Girlz Boutique

With a name that sounds like the beginnings of a zany children’s song, lapis lazuli makes a fun presentation for both the ears and the eyes.

Lapis lazuli flower cup pendant by Thalassa Jewelry
Lapis lazuli flower cup pendant by Thalassa Jewelry

Vivid blue, with swirls of white and gold-colored pyrite flecks in varying proportions, lapis is an eye-catcher.

Lapis lazuli cabochon from Supply Your Soul
Lapis lazuli cabochon from Supply Your Soul

The pyrite makes gold toned metals a natural placement choice,

Lapis and labradorite bracelet by Potliwrap
Lapis and labradorite bracelet by Potliwrap

but silver and silver toned metals work beautifully as well.

Lapis lazuli mixed metal necklace by Tatiana G
Lapis lazuli mixed metal necklace by Tatiana G

However it is used, lapis lends a bold splash of color wherever it goes.

Lapis Lazuli Faceted Heart Briolettes from BS Gems
Lapis Lazuli Faceted Heart Briolettes from BS Gems