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Larimar

One look at Larimar and you could almost guess that it comes from the Caribbean. It conjures up images of blue skies with wispy white clouds floating by above your head or perhaps the twirls of foam you see as waves of blue water hit the shore.

Larimar Colors

The best Larimar gemstones are either a bright sky blue or perhaps a teal or turquoise color with clean white feathers or swirls contrasting against this azure background.

The presence of copper is the most likely cause of the blue colors.

Read more about gemstones colors here

Larimar Species

Larimar is a variety of the mineral, pectolite, which is a fairly common fibrous crystal. The vast majority of pectolite is far too soft, fragile and poorly colored to be considered as a gemstone but on very rare occasions the right mineral ingredients with the addition of heat, pressure and time can create what has come to be known as Larimar.

What are the spiritual benefits of Larimar?

Larimar has a very short history so has not built up much of a reputation for its spiritual benefits but a look at its cool blue colors will bring an instant feeling of relaxation and stress relief.

Other attributes include:

  • Reduces the Fear of Flying
  • Great Meditation Stone
  • High Vibration Stone
  • Improves Communication

See our detailed article on gemstone meaning and uses

Larimar and the Chakras

The Chakras are energy centers located about the body which can influence us both mentally and physically. The Chakras have associated colors and a gemstone of a similar color can help realign or unblock a troubled Chakra.

With its blue color, Larimar is linked to the Throat Chakra, which deals with sore throats, neck problems and thyroid issues on a physical level. Emotionally, it improves communication skills and removes the fear of public speaking.

Find more details on Chakra gemstones here

Larimar Price

With such an unusual gemstone as Larimar where every example is a totally unique one-off there will always be an element of personal choice when it comes to their price. Whichever Larimar takes your fancy is the most valuable to you.

That being said, bright blue colors are the most popular and fetch the higher prices. Turquoises and teals are well-liked too and clean white wisps and marbling can add value.

Any odd patches of dark color such as black, red or brown will detract from the price unless they create interesting patterns.

Carat Weight

Larimar gemstones can be found in quite large carat weights relatively easily. This will mean that the price will not increase dramatically as the stones get bigger - it is all about the color with Larimar.

Even though it is a rare and beautiful gemstone most examples will be between $2 and $10 per carat.

For more details please refer to our full Larimar Info page here

Treatments

Larimar is not usually treated in any way other than the cut and polishing into the cabochons you see on our web pages.

Larimar History

Gem quality Larimar is only found in one place - the Dominican Republic. There had been the odd local report of sky blue gemstones littering the sandy shores of this Caribbean island as 'gifts from the sea' but it was not until 1974, when local, Miguel Mendoza, and visiting amateur geologist, Norman Rilling, investigated further, that Larimar found fame.

Miguel came up with the name, combining his daughter's name, Larissa, with 'mar' meaning sea.

Where is Larimar found?

Although pectolite can be found around the world it is only the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic that supplies Larimar gemstones. In addition, it is mined in one tiny location in the hills of the Barahona Province in the remote east of the country

What jewelry is Larimar suitable for?

Larimar is rated at 4.5 - 5 on Mohs hardness scale which means it is quite soft for a gemstone however the large cabochons are certainly strong enough to be used as pendants, necklaces, brooches and earrings. Even rings are an option with protective settings.

The cool colors, reasonable prices and availability in large sizes make it perfect for imaginative and eye-catching pendants.

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