Posted on December 06 2015
What Makes the Larimar Stone Unique?
Unearthed in the Caribbean, a blue beauty raptures the world with its unique creation. Larimar Stone is one of the most prized gems and is considered a legendary rarity.
It is found only in a remote mountainous region in the Dominican Republic where it’s discovered by Miguel Méndez in 1974 when he explored upstream in the Bahoruco River. He named the Larimar Stone after his daughter Larissa and combined it with the Spanish word for the sea, “Mar”.
Hot gasses from volcanoes push the crystalized minerals up into the volcanic tubes and form into a Larimar Stone. Miners must dig deep down the volcanoes to extract the gems, and not just any miners, but those who are aware of the right kind of tubes that bear the Larimar Stone.
Because of natural phenomena, the gem can also be found by the sea. As the soil erodes, some pieces break off from the volcanoes and are washed by the rainfall to the rivers up to the sea. It is then also named as the Caribbean Gem.
Pectolite can be found around the world, but the blue kind which is the Larimar Stone can only be found in one location in the Dominican Republic. Larimar Stones are acid silicate hydrates of sodium and calcium with manganese. Because of the calcium in it replaced by copper impurities, the blue color is formed.
It is often mixed with calcite and hematite and some iron and potassium can also be seen. The Larimar Stone’s chatoyancy is from the needle-like clusters that can be compared to pietersite and tocharoite.
With 4.5 to 5 hardness on the Mohs scale, it’s almost the same as turquoise. And when polished, the Larimar Stone gives off a silky luster. All these attributes makes the gem incomparable to other gemstones.
From sky blue to greenish-blue, and volcanic blue to deep blue, Larimar Stone captures the different shades of the sky and sea. What made it animate nature elements are the white veins softly spread across the blue. The Larimar Stone may look like clouds on your hands because of the white inclusions depicting circular patterns that outline the blue color.
Other stones bear green, red, and brown spots due to oxidation and iron, but the Larimar Stone that has the deepest blue color is considered as the most valuable. The gem’s quality grading is based on its color. The lowest quality is white and the highest quality is volcanic blue.
Since the popularization of Larimar Stone, many tried to copy its captivating appearance and degrade its true quality because of lack of awareness and legitimate resources. But no one can duplicate such a powerful gem.
It is best to make sure you seek the Larimar Stone through people who share the same passion. We design and handcraft such gems in the cradle of Larimar itself – in the Dominican Republic – with the help of local artists, because we believe the Larimar Stone should be honed where it’s born.
So check out our Larimar jewelry collection and get inspired...