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Lapis Lazuli's name is composed from 'lapis', the Latin word for stone, and
'azula', which comes from the Arabic and means blue.

Lapis combines various minerals.  Lapis is primarily lazurite, which gives it
its blue color.  Sodalite, and small amounts of white calcite and pyrite (also
known as fool's gold) are usually present in Lapis.

A deep azure blue, flecked with gold, gives the impression of a starry sky.

Lapis Lazuli along with other stones, is used in mosaic pictures for table
tops and small wall panels.  It was also used for carvings of statues and
figurines.

Lapis is believed to cure sadness and certain types of fever.  It promotes
spirituality and relieves depression.

In Afghanistan, lapis has been mined for over 6000 years.  Siberia, Chile,  
the United States, Egypt, Pakistan, and Canada are also sources of lapis
lazuli.
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