Larimar, tentatively identified as pectolite, is a volcanic mineral which is found in the Dominican Republic. It is well known that the Larimar gemstone, the blue beauty of the Caribbean, exists only in one region in the world, close to Baoruco, province of Barahona, Dominican Republic, not far from the border to Haiti. Only workers from the local villages are allowed to mine the stone.
The rarity of this beautiful stone and the skill required to work with it dictates its high price. There are different qualities of cabochons available, the best having no impurities (grey or brown marks). Our own selection of larimar jewellery is made using premium quality stone.
In Europe in the 1980s, Larimar was commonly known as the Atlantis Stone and even today, customers at mineral and gem shows (as well as Metaphysical shows) and events, often refer to and seek the Atlantis Stone, rather than Larimar.
In beautiful shades of soft aqua-blue and green it gets its colour from the copper content. It has a dappled appearance with white cloud-like patterns or cobweb-like reticulate patterns on the surface. The fabulous sea colours evoke the Caribbean waters - no other gem is quite like this.
Larimar purports to increase speech and communication skills, support the healing process (thymus), and increase the possibility of regulating thyroid gland malfunction. Larimar enables the flow of energy within a person and helps promote an open mind to changes and improvement. It also softens the stress and tension that problems bring.
Today, there are thousands of people - naturalists and those who practice alternative and holistic healing methods - who use Larimar to assist and reinforce the healing process.
Its hardness varies from 5 to 8 and this depends on the colour of the stone; that is, the more intense blue or green the piece is the harder Larimar becomes.
Larimar is used in cabochon form in rings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and earrings but only 10% of the stone mined is suitable for jewellery.
Coming from an island with much humidity, Larimar can be placed in clean fresh water for a few hours to be cleaned and also to absorb some water; you might be surprised by the outcome, especially if your piece has become somewhat clear due to, for example, too long sun exposure.
Many who like the larimar gemstone, mix it with blue topaz jewellery.
The colours complement each other well and the mixture of textures and surfaces adds another dimension to your jewellery style.
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