What else could be the reason of discovery of a rock so rare as Lapis Lazuli also known as Azurite? It was found in the uninhabitable and inhospitable conditions of Badakshan, a remote province in present-day Afghanistan (former Bactria). It was used as an integral part of culture in ancient Egypt. The magnificence of the stone lies in the color: Dark rich azure Blue. The challenge came in importing the stone from thousands of miles away to the Egyptian kingdom. This process of transporting the precious blue stone led to many innovations in the ancient world. This rare rock was then used by the royal family and even Queen Cleopatra herself, in everything from utensils to her famous blue eye shadow.