The Afghan lapis
A new jewellery range crafted with diamond tipped needles by Afghan women reinterprets the stone of all times
Egyptian queen Cleopatra used it as eyeshadow while Mesopotamian kings flaunted it on their wrists and Greek senators adorned their necks with it. It is part of the Taj Mahal and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in Russia. Across ages, the striking blue lapis, or lapis lazuli, has remained one of the most sought-after gemstones. Renaissance masters would grind lapis to get the shining ultramarine hue for painting, while healers and village doctors would mix it with milk for medicinal purposes and to keep the evil eye away.