Like deep blue water swirling around with sand, the lapis lazuli 12mm square beads from Dakota Stones are full of beautiful, shimmering patterns. Available in 8-inch strands, these slightly puffed square-shaped beads feature deep blue color flecked with golden sparkles. Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone that contains primarily lazurite, calcite and pyrite. It was among the first gemstones to be worn as jewelry and worked on. Mined in Afghanistan and the San Gabriel Mountains in California, lapis lazuli is said to relieve insomnia and to help let go of anxieties. Dakota Stones offers high-quality gemstones that are useable in jewelry because every bead is checked to make sure they are cut and drilled correctly, that the finish is right and that the beads look distinct to their stone type.