Larimar Information

Larimar  Uses Meanings Origin and AppearanceLarimar (also spelled lorimar) is a rare blue variety of pectolite. Larimar is a unique mineral present only in the Caribbean Sea in the Dominican Republic. Early reports suggest its discovery was in 1916 but it was rediscovered in 1974 and since then it is registered with the name as “Larimar”. 

Larimar is unique, exquisite and is found only in one place in the whole world and that is in the Caribbean Sea. There are other places where Larimar has been discovered but they are not in quantities large enough for mining. The Larimar mineral is often used as Turquoise substitute.

Characteristics of Larimar

  • Larimar was named after the name “Larissa”. “Lari” forms the first part of the gemstone and “mar” means the sea in Spanish language. 
  • Larimar can be found in assorted colors like sky blue color, dark blue, and bluish green in colors. 
  • The texture of Larimar is clear and silk-like. 
  • The transparency characteristics vary from being translucent to transparent.
  • Larimar is very delicate but it can be used in jewelry. The fibrous intergrowth of the mineral gives it the required toughness to be used in the jewelry work. 
  • Larimar is available in varied sizes but is usally found as large cabochon gemstones.
  • The exotic blue and green color combinations of Larimar stone are used in jewelry designs with silver and with gold. 
  • This is a fragile gemstone and longer duration of exposure to sunlight affects the beauty of Larimar. The color is photosensitive so it can change over time

Larimar  Uses Meanings Origin and Appearance

How to identify a Larimar

Larimar is easily identifiable by it’s unique visual appearance. Due to oxidation, it might have some traces of red and brown colors in the stone. The stone with blue color is considered to be of the highest quality. They are sensitive to sunlight and hence they fade out their natural colors after a prolonged exposure to sunlight. 

Larimar does not undergo any treatment to enhance its beauty. It has its own natural beauty. When purchasing this gemstone you do not need to worry about any treatments which is a nice change from other gemstones. Larimar  Uses Meanings Origin and Appearance

How to Care for Larimar

Larimar is a delicate exquisite gemstone. Hence, the life of a Larimar gemstone life lasts on how good it is taken care. 

  • Try and avoid strong and erosive chemicals on Larimar. If cleaning is required use only mild soap with warm water. 
  • Do not ware it while doing household chores, or during an adventurous activity such as during gym activity. 
  • Store it separately from other jewelry as it may get scratched with the contact of other jewelry items. 

Other Uses of Larimar

Larimar with its heavenly color combination is known to have good healing powers. The therapists recommend usage of the Larimar for people who need soothing of the emotional problems and also it helps a person to reduce stress levels. It is also known as a cure for mental well-being.

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