Lapis Lazuli has been used to create jewelry since ancient times. In fact, lapis beads have been found in Egypt dating to 3000 B.C.E. The Egyptians used lapis for adornment, medicinal, and cosmetic purposes. Powdered lapis was the first eyeshadow! Lapis is also very precious to Buddhists. It is said to bring the wearer peace of mind and to dispel evil thoughts.