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Larimar, Moonstone, & Topaz Necklace 001

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This necklace is made with rich blue Larimar, shimmery blue Moonstone, & faceted blue Topaz. The Larimar measure roughly 18mm by 10mm and I used PMC Paper Clay for the bezel settings and traditional chain mail techniques to join each bezel so the necklace bends and moves freely. The necklace measures 18 inches in length but is adjustable up to 21 inches.

General Gemstone Details

Larimar, a gentle, kind, soft aqua blue of the Caribbean sea, found in a stone in but just one location worldwide. Discovered by Mr. Mendez, a Peace Corp worker, in 1974, he gave it the name Larimar....Lari (after his daughter Larisa) and Mar (from the Spanish name for Sea) as the colors so resembled the sea which was so close in proximity.

Larimar is quite a rare form of pectolite. Often mistaken for translucent turquoise or fine blue jade, larimar mirrors the beautiful waters that surround it's island of origin. The crystal vibration and unique blend of blue, teal, white and other colors have drawn many a people to it's door. It reflects the differing colors of the ocean, from deep to light shades of blue, and jade green, often sprinkled with white and gray colors from the clouds in the sky, and then peppered now and again with red dendrites...it is a most incredible site.


Scientific Properties:
Mohs Hardness of 7 with a monoclinic crystal structure. 

Scientifically, larimar is a completely unique gemstone in it's mineral and chemical make up. Copper (similar to turquoise) is the causation of the colors, which is but the only connection to the ancient stone known as turquoise. 

Larimar was first discovered in the year 1916 in Bahoruco or Barahona, south west of the Dominican Republic. It was discovered by a Spanish born priest Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren, who reported his discovery to the Archbishop Nouel in Santo Domingo, but alas, no mining action was taken at the time.

It was not until the year 1974 when the American Peace Corps volunteer Norman Rilling and the Dominica Miguel Mendez, re-discovered the stone on the beaches of Barahona, close to the alluvial of the river Bahoruco.

At this time, the stone was analyzed by several geologist, as well as the Smithsonian Institute in the USA, and they all agreed that Larimar has a volcanic origin and belongs to the group of the pectolite, with the exception of course that it is the only blue pectolite found up until this time.

Most mining for this gem is open pit, with miners using only pick, shovel and hammer to break the weathered basalt in search of this fantastic pectolite. Efforts are currently being made by the Dominican Government to modernize the mining system. The available quantity of larimar is unknown, which makes the supply uncertain in the long run.


Mystical Properties:
Larimar's powers are believed to lie in the ability to help us view events from a different perspective than what we have already formed. It softens, enlightens and heals in a physical, emotion, mental and spiritual fashion. 

As a gentle, soft, sky blue Caribbean healer, it brings the tranquility of the sea and air to heart and mind. It soothes and uplifts hurt, fear, depression, pain of life, change, and trauma in an amazing way. 

Larimar will help with self expression, patience, acceptance, simplicity, artwork and creativity, in one's life


Healing Properties:
Larimar is said to cool and draw out inflammation from the body, to reduce fevers and the heat of a sunburn. It is especially helpful in generating creativity, pleasantly uplifting the heart and easing stress. 

Larimar represents peace and clarity, it radiates healing and love energy, and is recommended for those who are stressed.


Magical Properties:
Energy: Not Noted 
Element: Water 
Powers:Not Noted


Chakra Classification:
Larimar is said to stimulate the 4th, or Heart Chakra, 6th, or Third Eye/Brow Chakra and the7th, or Crown Chakra, facilitating and inner wisdom, and outer manifestation of that wisdom.


Care Guide:

Larimar is a very hard and durable stone however certain chemicals such as those found in some cleaning supplies can "etch" the surface of the stone leaving it looking dull. Your jewelry can be maintained with a non abrasive jewelry cleaner, one that is rated for pearls, which will not damage your Larimar. We recommend purchasing a jewelry polishing cloth, they are quite inexpensive and will last a very long time. You can then buff each piece before you store it, this will remove any dirt and oils from your body, both of which will speed up the tarnishing process. Avoid exposing your Larimar jewelry to household detergents, especially bleach which can discolor the stone and the setting. Perfumes, cosmetics and hairspray can also damage jewelry as can chlorine in a swimming pool.

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