Lapis lazuli , or lapis for short, is a deep blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense colour. Lapis was used to entomb and decorate the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. As a stone of royalty and spirituality, it was unsurpassed. It still carries the vibration of the inner King or Queen that lies buried in each of us. Lapis is a stone of initiation as well—a catalyst for a mystical journey to higher awareness. Lapis is often particularly attractive to individuals with past-life connections to ancient Egypt and meditating with the stone can assist them in recovering memories of those past lives, aiding evolution in the current incarnation.