Lapis Lazuli is composed of many minerals, the main ingredient being Lazurite. In the best quality the color is regularly distributed, but is usually spotted or striped. The best Lapis originates in Afghanistan, and is a vivid blue containing  gold color pyrite. Some lesser qualities of Lapis are found in Chile, and have white spots and streaks of calcite. Lapis is  5-6 on the Mohs hardness scale.  Lapis has been used as jewelry since antiquity, the birthstone for December and astrological sign of Libra. Lapis is said to bring success in love, melancholy, and is a high energy stone. Emulates high spiritual vibration while grounding.