Lapis lazuli is a bright blue gemstone that has been popular since ancient times. It is a rock composed of a mixture of lazurite, calcite, pyrite and other silicates. The lazurite gives the rock its blue color so the more lazurite in the rock the higher the value. Stones with an even blue color are usually preferred over stones with abundant veins, inclusions or variegated color. Lapis Lazuli is a crystal of truth in all aspects. It reveals inner truth, and promotes self-awareness and the acceptance of that knowledge. It provides for the relief of things that may have been suppressed and allows for them to surface, helping to diminish dis-ease or repressed anger, and allows for self-expression without holding back or compromising.