Larimar Stone of the Caribbean
Larimar stone is nowhere else to be found in the world, other than a 2 kilometer area in the Caribbean. The inaccessible mountain region of the Barahona Province, in the Dominican Republic, is the only source. This very rare stone aptly mirrors the sky and waters of the Caribbean.
Larimar Stone - Jewelry Designs
We let Larimar speak to us in designing and shaping gold around the
gemstone. Gold has to take on the shape and accentuate the colours, not the other way round. In our
we emphasize the extraordinary beauty of this rare gemstone which embodies
the blue sea and sky of the Caribbean.
Larimar Bespoke Jewelry
Whilst browsing you saw a Larimar Jewelry item, which you just love, but
it has been marked "SOLD".
Don't despair. We could create a similar Larimar pendant or ring with some variation especially for you.
This pendant was a commission based on a book which was turned into a movie dating mid-century. The love story plays out
in the Caribbean. We watched the movie which inspired us to incorporate surprise elements and symbolism like a bed and
champagne bottle into the design.
|Larimar Stone - Facts
Chemical Composition: NaCa2Si3O8(OH)
Hydrated sodium calcium silicate coloured by copper, which is also known
as Pectolite .
Specific Gravity: 2.74 - 2.88
Durability: 5.0 - 6.5
Crystal structure: Triclinic
Larimar Stone - History
Tribes long knew of this aqua-blue stone that they found on the beach. Some older houses were built, using Larimar stone to decorate walls. In 1974, Larimar was officially discovered and named by an American Peace Corps Volunteer Norman Rilling and a Dominican, Miguel Mendez. Miguel combined the name for the sea-blue stone from his daughters name "Larissa" and the Spanish word for sea "mar" - Larimar.
Larimar Stone - Mining
Larimar stone is formed by gases pushing up crystallized minerals through volcanic tubes. All mining is done by hand. The better quality Larimar stone is found deep in the mine. Only 3 percent
is gem quality. In gem-cutting, between 60 to 80 percent is cut away keeping only the best gem quality Larimar.
Larimar Stone - Metaphysical Properties
Larimar's powers are believed to heal the heart and throat area and
supported by the bodies natural healing process. Energy radiating from Larimar represents love and healing.