A Guide to Larimar Jewelry
A GUIDE TO LARIMAR JEWELRY
At GoBeachy, we can’t think of a more perfect gemstone for beach jewelry than the vibrantly stunning Larimar. Its deep range of blues transports wearers to their favorite beachy locations, evoking memories of warm sun and cerulean seas. It is a rare, semi-precious volcanic stone that originates from the Caribbean, making it both authentic and alluring. In this guide, we explore Larimar's unique origin, striking appearance, and care instructions for anyone thinking about investing in this affordable, high-quality, remarkable gem.
Originally formed within volcanic rock, Larimar is largely made up of pectolite, an acid silicate hydrate of sodium and calcium. It also contains copper, which usually appears in small flecks throughout the stone. While pectolite is fairly common throughout the world, Larimar's unusual blue version is rare and only found in the Dominican Republic. It is also known as the “Dolphin Stone,” the “Caribbean Gemstone,” and the “Atlantis Stone,” and it is typically mined by hand.
Larimar’s blue can take on many shades: it may appear as a faint, cool blue or a deep, vivid azure. Every stone differs, and many also feature white marbling throughout. The stones that are the deepest blue with very little marbling, however, are valuable and rare. Also, Larimar’s finish differs from many other popular gemstones – it is opaque and covered with a rich, smooth luster.
Its clarity and color mirror the magnificence of the sea and the sky, underscoring its appeal for beachy baubles. Jewelry makers often set Larimar in precious metals to enhance its natural beauty. Larimar set in .925 silver creates an elegant, refined look, while Larimar paired with yellow gold creates a vibrant, vintage aesthetic.
While Larimar is rare and semi-precious, it is also more affordable than many other gemstones – buyers can find stunning pieces for very reasonable prices. Pricing for Larimar is generally determined by the stone’s size, grade, and luminosity. Stones that feature deeper blues, higher luster, and minimal flaws (like white marbling) often come with the highest price tags.
BENEFITS OF LARIMAR
Many wearers enjoy Larimar for its grounding effects – its blue hues naturally create a calming, earthly energy. Jewelers often incorporate Larimar into necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and Larimar rings are usually set in the bezel or inlay style to protect it from damage. Shoppers will often find that Larimar is cut en cabochon instead of faceted to show off its beautiful, unique finish.
CARE & CLEANING
It is worth noting that Larimar is naturally soft, making it susceptible to damage, scratching, and even fracturing if it sustains impact. Its finish can also be harmed by chemicals and compounds found in household cleaners, in swimming pools, and ironically even in the ocean. Accordingly, wearers should always remove their Larimar jewelry before engaging in household chores, showering, swimming, or exercise.
Larimar should also not be exposed to direct sunlight for long, as its natural color may fade over time. When cleaning Larimar jewelry, use warm water and a mild soap; other methods, including chemicals, ultrasonic cleaners, and rough cloths, can damage the smooth luster of the stone.
Larimar’s range of magnificent blue colors and silky smooth luster make it one-of-a-kind. If you are searching for the perfect stone for a beach lover in your life or want to add a touch of grounded elegance to your own jewelry box, check out GoBeachy’sLarimar jewelry selectiontoday.