Are you a jewelry maker? Ready to make your own one-of-a-kind necklace from the unique Caribbean gemstone, Larimar? These Larimar stones, in a pebble bead style, show beautiful translucent shades of soft blues marked with streaks and patterns of white, red, and brown areas of oxidation or hematite inclusions.
- 53 Stones
- Pre-drilled for beading
- Freeform sizes graduating from 5.6mm to 13.2mm
- Total weight: 0.7 ounces
- Total length: 18 inches
Dominican Republic Larimar
The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Mining records show that on 23 November 1916, Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren of the Barahona Parish requested permission to explore and exploit the mine of a certain blue rock he had discovered. Pectolites were not yet known in the Dominican Republic, and the request was rejected.
In 1974, at the foot of the Bahoruco Range, the coastal province of Barahona, Miguel Méndez and Peace Corps volunteer Norman Rilling rediscovered Larimar on a beach. Natives, who believed the stone came from the sea, called the gem Blue Stone. Miguel took his young daughter's name Larissa and the Spanish word for sea (mar) and formed Larimar, by the colors of the water of the Caribbean Sea, where it was found. The few stones they found were alluvial sediment, washed into the sea by the Bahoruco River. An upstream search revealed the in situ outcrops in the range and soon the Los Chupaderos mine was formed.