• Nancy Michel

Larimar – The gemstone of the Dominican Republic

I often get compliments on my ring with the blue stone. It’s my little piece of the island that I carry with me every day. The stone is called Larimar and it is only found in the Dominican Republic. When you vacation on the island, you will find jewelry stores and even sellers directly on the beach offering you jewelry. I have bought my ring from a seller on the beach and wear it every day and it is still as beautiful as the day I bought it.

So, what is Larimar anyways? It’s a type of rock composed largely of pectolite. Pectolite is found in many locations, but larimar has a unique volcanic blue coloration, which is the result of copper substitution for calcium. Volcanic rocks contained cavities which later filled with a variety of minerals, including the blue pectolite. When these rocks erode, the pectolite fillings are carried down the slope to end up in the beach gravels. The most important location of blue pectolite is located in the southwest of the city of Barahona in the southwestern region of the Dominican Republic.

The first recording of Larimar was in 1916 when a priest requested the permission to exploit a mine with the blue stone, but it was refused by the government. Fast forward to 1974 and it was discovered again, this time by a gentleman named Miguel Mendez who named the stone in honor of this daughter Larissa and for the sea mar (sea in Spanish) and Larimar was born!

Larimar is said to be one of the few crystals to balance the energies of water and fire and has the ability to cool tempers and calms fears, relieves stress and nurtures the physical and emotional bodies. I don’t know about that, but I like to think there is some truth to that as I wear my jewelry every day!

It makes a wonderful gift to bring back for someone special in your family and whether of not it has special properties, the amazing blue color is enough to evoke the beautiful color of the Caribbean and transport you back to the island, even if it’s just for a moment.

Until next time!

Nancy and Francois

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