Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli belongs to a small category of gems called “rocks” because it’s an aggregate of several different minerals.
Lapis is typically opaque, and its colors are medium to dark greenish “navy” blue, pure “royal” blue, or violetish “midnight” blue.
Depending on its source, it sometimes shows white calcite veining or golden-looking flakes of the mineral pyrite.
The major sources are Afghanistan (finest quality), Chile and Russia.