As long as there has been lapis lazuli, there have been bold, powerful women whose femininity and strength was accentuated by the stone's stunning beauty. Cleopatra used it in powdered form as eye shadow. The Virgin Mary was immortalized in paintings by Baroque artists who used only the most of expensive of blue pigments to depict her. Turquoise beads, which have spanned cultures and millenia as a talisman symbolizing protection, balance, and wisdom, are like the ocean to lapis's night sky. The two forces stand strong on their own, but are magnificent when paired together. They evoke the inner queen in all of us.