Lapis lazuli can be found in art museums around the world. The expensive rock has been added to sculptures to give them hints of blue and luxury. When ground into powder it becomes a rich blue pigment that artists covet. The pigment, at one time was the way artists added brilliant shades of blue to their canvas until tube paint nearly made it a thing of the past. Some fine artists are holding to their countries artistic history, blending the pigment with modern works of art. Others are using the material in its raw form, fashioning unique creations that place the rock center stage. Lapis lazuli has been crafted into board games, small statues, jewelry, and other crafts for centuries. Artisans continue to use the blue stone in many of their crafts to this day.