In 1974, Dominican native Miguel Mendez stumbled upon a bit of rich, blue stone in an untamed corner of the Dominican Republic. In fact, he had rediscovered a unique gemstone previously known only to a few local inhabitants. Mendez named the gem "Larimar," combining the name of his daughter, Larissa, with the Spanish word for sea, "mar."
Larimar: A Caribbean Treasure
Larimar ranges in color from an airy, bluish white to a deep, entrancing blue, with hints of a seagreen that seem to reflect Caribbean waters. It is this exotic tranquility that makes Larimar such an alluring and, given its recent rediscovery, exciting gemstone for jewelry.
We are privileged to offer stunning Larimar jewelry, including an array of bracelets, necklaces, and Larimar rings on our own Ross-Simons website. Each perfectly crafted piece pops and swirls with blues reminiscent of Larimar's native Dominican home.
Our designers delight in sterling silver settings for Larimar jewelry so that they can highlight the many shades of blue. Often combining it with complementary stones, such as sapphire and topaz, we create unforgettable Caribbean treasures. Visit our website to select a piece that speaks to you.
A variety of the mineral pectolite, Larimar's mingling blues evoke the soothing sea of its Dominican origin. With a varied and serene palette, this gemstone is believed to make its wearer wiser, calmer, and healthier. More about colored gemstones.
Larimar's intense blue shades derive from the cobalt found in the volcanic Pectolite. Its marbled beauty makes it perfect for jewelry where tonal patterns draw interest and attention. The unique striations give every piece of Larimar jewelry one-of-a-kind appeal. Found exclusively in the southwest mountains of the Dominican Republic, Larimar is quite rare and prized by gemologists and jewelry collectors alike.
Larimar Jewelry Care & Handling
Larimar is a relatively soft gem (4.5-5 on the Mohs scale) and should always be treated with care: avoid scratches, knocks and temperature changes. The best way to clean Larimar jewelry is with warm, soapy water; never use a product containing ammonia. When not in use, keep your Larimar jewelry protected in your Ross-Simons presentation box.