My current favorite stone: Lapiz Lasuli. As you regular readers know, I love rocks. I've loved rocks since I was a child. I've been the sole culprit of the rocks in the laundry epidemic since I was very, very small.
Lapiz lazuli has a rich history beyond jewelry. The stone, mined in Afganistan, was crushed into a fine powder with which Cleopatra would adorn her eye lids (she was fabulous! Lapiz colored eyeshadow is now on my to-purchase list).
A year ago, I bought a tear shaped lapiz pendent. I wore it often with my clear lucite (shaped like a tear frozen in time) and my grandpa's tear shaped peace sign. Recently, I've lost track of the lapiz :( But I bought this gorgeous ring (below). I call it my "night ring." Lapiz looks like a clear night sky. Some lapiz stones even have a metallic gold matrix of sorts, like streams of stars. The stars on the band complement the stone so nicely.
photo by me; ring by PSCL
(Excuse the nails. I rarely let them go this much. Later, they will be gold.)