its best, this opaque stone is a glorious deep blue flecked
with gold flakes of iron pyrites. The name comes from the
Latin lapis for stone and lazulum from the Persian word meaning
as it is usually called, is thought to be the stone referred
to as a sapphire in the Old Testament. There it is described
as being ‘sapphire sprinkled with gold dust’,
an apt description of lapis lazuli.