Lapis Lazuli – Mines in northeast Afghanistan continue to be a major source of lapis lazuli. Important amounts are also produced from mines west of Lake Baikal in Russia, and in the Andes mountains in Chile. Smaller quantities are mined in Pakistan, Italy, Mongolia, the United States, and Canada. It is a stone prized for its intense blue color. The name Lapis Lazuli comes from the Arabic word lazward, from which the word azure comes, which means blue. Ancient Romans used to call it "sapphires," which was subsequently applied to the blue variety of corundum we know today as sapphire. Heavy gauge stamped ring. Set in solid sterling silver with genuine high grade Lapis. The unique design of the ring shank with its stamping and overall shape make it special. The Lapis stone is wrapped in twist wire and a hand cut bezel. The stone measures 1" x 3/4". This ring is not easily sized due to the design that wraps around the shank. Please contact us before ordering.