Let’s talk about Larimar, the beautiful blue stone that has become a fan favorite here at SilverAndGold TV. Larimar is a single source gemstone. While the mineral pectolite can be found all over the world, the specific variety known as Larimar is only found in one place on earth – the Dominican Republic.
Larimar can range in colors from a pale bluish gray to a bright sky blue to a sea green shade. This stone has a sweet and loving backstory. It was discovered in 1974 by a man named Miguel Mendez. Miguel chose to name this stone after his two loves – his daughter, Larissa, and the sea, the Spanish word for it being “mar”. Combine those words and you get “Larimar”, a stone that holds the beauty of the sea and the deep love of father and daughter together in one place.
Currently, we do not know the extent of Larimar deposits available which means at any time, we could exhaust the supply and be unable to produce new Larimar jewelry. In the heart of Bahoruco’s mountains, these mines are the only place in the world where Larimar is found. It is mined with hand tools by local miners who have dedicated their lives to learning the ins and outs of mining this stone. Workers spend eight to nine hours a day underground, mining this rare blue stone from holes that run as deep as 150 feet. While Larimar is abundant in these mines, only about 10% is of high enough quality to be used in jewelry.
Just as the ocean is said to bring an inner peace, the blue ocean hues of Larimar are said to bring tranquility and peace to the wearer. Each stone is unique, with a unique shade of blue and white in a pattern that looks very much like waves crashing and breaking in the ocean. It’s the perfect way to keep a piece of the ocean or sea with you at all times.
Larimar is a softer stone rating between a 4.5 and 6 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale, so you need to be mindful of chemical or prolonged sun exposure, as well as careful of scratching or denting your stones. Larimar is strong enough to be a beautiful part of your jewelry collection but just takes a little extra love to keep vibrant and colorful.
This beautiful gem is a must have for every jewelry lover and gemstone collector. Shop SilverAndGold.com now to get your very own piece of Larimar to share for generations to come.