These lapis lazuli 10x14mm oval beads from Dakota Stones feature intense blue color like that of a desert night sky. Available in 8-inch strands, these simple oval-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 promote clear understanding and intuition. 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.