Lapis lazuli means blue stone. Lapis is the Latin word for stone, and azula comes from the Arabic language and means blue. Lapis lazuli is the stone of friendship and truth. The deep blue gemstone encourages peaceful relationships and inspires truth and openness, according to the International Colored Gemstone Association.
Lapis lazuli was once thought to have magical powers and was regarded as a holy stone by Middle Eastern cultures. The people of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome made decorative grave furnishings out of lapis lazuli. Alexander the Great brought signet rings, scarabs and figures made from the stone to Europe. The Europeans called the color ultramarine, meaning from beyond the sea.