Lapis Lazuli. Lapis is a Latin word meaning "stone", and Lazuli is taken from the Persian "lazaward", the name of the stone in Persian. In the ancient civilization of Sumer it was believed that whoever carried Lapis Lazuli was carrying the true presence of God. In the Ancient Egypt it was used to do figurines of the God Khepri. Lapis lazuli is known as the stone of communication, as it improves rational thinking. It is highly regarded for use in meditation. It is also effective against emotional imbalance.