Lapis lazuli is associated with openness, inner power, intuition, and creativity. It is also believed to help build self-confidence, and in some cultures a sign of royalty. Lapis is also said to be a stone that prevents psychic attacks. In Buddhism, it is related to healing and wellness. The deep blue of lapis makes it an appropriate mala for accumulating mantras of deities whose main color is blue - deities such as Aksobhya, Cakrasamvara and Medicine Buddha. As high-grade Afghani & Chilean lapis lazuli is extremely costly, the lapis malas we currently offer are mid-grade Afghani beads that have been color-enhanced.