Long Live Lapis Lazuli



File this under stones we need to see more of. Lapis lazuli, in its intensely vibrant and rich, bright blues, isn’t exactly a gem so much as a rock, but it’s one that fits perfectly in a brilliant jewelry design nonetheless. What I find most amazing is its ability to seem so alive despite its opaqueness: With its celestial flecks of white and gold, it’s a sky full of stars, or a deep blue sea, right in the palm of your hand (or on your ear, around your neck—you get the picture). For those interested in its powers—it was named by Goop as one of eight essential crystals—lapis is said to ease one’s fears of public speaking (though, I’m not sure anything could fix that for me). Powers or not, it’s a worthy stone that I find fantastically alluring—as does JCK‘s Amy Elliott!—and hope to see more not only in jewelry, but also in household items, similar to the recent popularity of malachite in home decor. These jewels, though, are a very good start.

Marli Cleo lapis wrap ring

Cleo wrap ring in yellow gold with lapis lazuli and diamonds, price on request; Marli

Nina Nguyen Heirloom silver lapis necklace

Heirloom necklace in silver with lapis, $495; Nina Nguyen

Tresor lapis lazuli earrings

Earrings in 18k yellow gold with lapis lazuli and champagne diamonds, $2,250; Trésor

Anabel Higgins Gabriella antique lapis pendant

Gabriella antique pendant with diamond paste and lapis, $850; Anabel Higgins (Also at top)JewelMak lapis bracelet

Adjustable bracelet in 14k yellow gold with 1.9 ct. lapis, $765; JewelMak

Kabana lapis lazuli inlay band

Band in 14k yellow gold with lapis lazuli and 0.45 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Kabana


  • This stone was made for yellow gold. Such a striking and regal combination.