Lapis Lazuli is one of the December birthstones and is a stone that has existed since the beginning of time. It is a gemstone of total awareness that binds the wearer to higher truth. It connects you to your spiritual guardians and further shields you from negative energy and returning any negative vibrations back to their source. Egyptian cultures made a practice of burying a Lapis Lazuli scarab with their dead, and believed it to offer protection. The very earliest cultures valued Lapis Lazuli more highly than gold. The ancient Egyptians saw this stone as a symbol of Truth.