The Stone of Heaven
Lapis lazuli is a relatively rare semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense blue color. Lapis is the Latin word for "stone" and lazuli is the genitive form of the Medieval Latin lazulum, which is taken from the Arabian lāzaward, meaning "heaven" or "sky", since the sky is blue; therefore, it is the "stone of heaven".
"A group of women in America sat around a circle grieving their heroes, fallen on the battlefield, searching for meaning in their loved one’s life and service and struggling to cope with their tragic death. They knew that behind the military mission in Afghanistan there had to be Afghan families like theirs, who were also grieving their own losses, and whose future depended on the outcome of the war.
On the other side of the world, a group of women huddled together in Kabul, grieving their losses and hanging onto hope, unable to feed their families or warm their homes. But they still held to the dream of doing the one thing they could do - create beauty in the midst of chaos by making jewelry from their native Lapis Lazuli stones. They didn’t have food or heat or electricity, but they had a vision that they could somehow make a difference in the world. In their hearts, they believed in a future and they had dreams..."
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Expected ship date is December 5, 2018