The Larimar stone. It’s sometimes called the Stone of the Caribbean or the Mermaid Stone. Its beautiful hues of light blue resemble that of the shallow blue waters you see off of hundreds of Caribbean beaches. But there are questions.
What is Larimar? Where does Larimar stone come from? Is Larimar valuable? Where can you get Larimar jewelry?
The answers are coming my castaway friend.
Crystal and I were first introduced to Larimar on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. A local jewelry store used it in their pieces and the blue color drew us in.
When they told us that this stunning blue stone was called the Stone of the Caribbean (or the Caribbean Stone or the Caribbean gem or the Atlantis Stone), I knew we weren’t walking out of there without a new piece of Larimar jewelry. #goodhusband
Because we are all things Caribbean on this website and podcast, I want to give you the low-down on what Larimar is all about.
What is Larimar?
I don’t want to get too nerdy on you, but the Larimar stone is a rare blue variety of the silicate mineral pectolite which varies in color from white, light-blue, green-blue to deep blue.
What the heck is pectolite?!
Basically, pectolite is a rock made of a type of calcium and sodium. Ah, calcium and sodium, that we can understand. Pectolite is found in many locations, but Larimar is special. It’s the only type of pectolite that has a unique volcanic blue coloration, which is the result of copper substitution for calcium. And this can only be found in one place on Earth.
Where is Larimar found?
The Larimar stone is only found on a remote mountain in the southern part of the Dominican Republic. It’s been found nowhere else, making it both rare and special.
History says that in 1916, a man found a blue stone and asked the Dominican Republic government for mining permission. He was denied.
Then in 1974, two men named Miguel Mendez and Norman Rilling found the blue stone on a beach next to a mountain river, at the base of the Bahoruco Mountain range in the DR.
The Larimar Name
Here’s a fun fact. Legend has it that the Larimar stone got its name from the two men who found it on that Dominican beach. They named it after one man’s daughter, Larissa, and the sea, which they loved so much.
The Dominican Republic is a Spanish island, and the Spanish word for sea is, “mar”.
So they combined Larissa and mar into Larimar.
As a man whose wife loves the Caribbean, getting her jewelry that reminders her of that passion and allows her to show that passion off is a big win. Remember, #goodhusband.
She loves the Stone of the Caribbean, and when I told her it’s also called the Mermaid Stone–she was even more excited! Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned the mermaid thing, this could get expensive. 🙂
So now, anything Larimar is an easy gift idea.
We were just introduced to a company called Marahlago. They specialize in making beautiful Larimar jewelry. If you’re a fellow mermaid like Castaway Crystal and want to represent your love of the Caribbean and accent yourself in a gorgeous blue stones, then you are going to love this.
Guys, take notes.
Here are some photos of Crystal showing off her Larimar pieces from Marahlago.
Castaway Marahlago Discount
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We partnered with Marahlago to give you a discount on their Larimar jewelry. Woohoo!
All you have to do is visit Marahlago.com, find something Larimar that catches your eye, and then use our PROMO CODE: CASTAWAYS when you check out. You’ll then receive a 10% OFF discount.
I hope this post gave you some good background information on Larimar and answered any questions you may have had. If it didn’t, you can contact us on Instagram at @CaribbeanCastaways and leave us a direct message. We’ll gladly help you with anything we can.
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