Larimar Stone Ring
The tranquil turquoise and white of this beautiful cushion-shaped Larimar ring will remind you of the sunny beaches and sultry blue seas every time you glance at your hand!
The most valuable Larimar gemstones are intense, bright shades of blue. This Larimar ring was designed around its intense, slightly translucent “gemmy” blue. The rose gold bezel was chosen to set off the Larimar stone like a sunset on the horizon of its blue seas. The comfortable sterling silver ring shank is designed to give this medium-sized Larimar ring a balanced design. It also helps to keep the ring from spinning on your finger. Ring measures 1″ tall and 3/8″ wide. Size 7.75
Just over a century ago, Father Miguel Domingo came across these blue stones strewn across white sandy beaches. This gave rise to the belief that they washed up from the depths of the oceans. Then in 1974, Miguel Mendez and Norman Rilling found pieces of rough Larimar stones on the beach at the base of the Baoruco mountains. Believing it to be an entirely new stone, Mendez chose the name Larimar. He combined the name of his daughter, Larissa, and “mar” which is Spanish for “sea”.
Pectolite, Larimar’s mineral name, can be found all around the world, but only in shades of grey and white. Larimar gemstone, the blue form of pectolite, is found in only one location in the world – the Dominican Republic. The blue color of the Larimar stone is due to traces of copper impurities within it. This special mineral was able to form in cavities of basalt rock during heavy volcanic activity. This unusual blue makes it perfect fit for Larimar rings and other Larimar gemstone jewelry.
Larimar gemstone is opaque, although patches of translucent material can be present. As a result, Larimar stone is cut and polished into cabochons to show off its blue colors and cloud-like patterns. The finest Larimar gemstones are dark blue and translucent. However, aqua and sky blue specimens with cloud-like patterns are also highly prized. This one-of-a-kind Larimar ring shows off a medium translucent blue.
Other interesting facts about the Larimar gemstones:
- Aside from Amber, Larimar is the only gemstone found in the entire Caribbean.
- Other names for Larimar include Stefilia’s Stone, Atlantis Stone and Dolphin Stone.
- The Mina de Larimar near Baharona, is also known as Los Chupaderos. It is a single mountainside with mining shafts dug by hand over the past 40 years.
- The Larimar gemstone is rated 4.5 to 5 on the Mohs hardness scale. Deep blue sections on the gemstone can be rated as high as 7.