Larimar is a truly unique gem, a rare variety of pectolite - a silicate mineral. It is said that it was initially discovered in 1916, but the permit for mining was denied and the stone forgotten about. It was rediscovered in 1976, at which time it was given the name “larimar,” after Larissa (the daughter of Miguel Medez, one of the discoverers), and the Spanish word for “sea,” mar. To this day, larimar is only found in one mine, in one region of the Dominican Republic. That can make obtaining larmiar outside of the Caribbean challenging and quite costly – but always worth it! Larimar is not treated in any way.
A lovely larimar teardrop is nestled within a hand-forged, textured petal. I have the most fun when I’m making pieces like this, that really let me get creative. This necklace is sterling silver, and it has been oxidized and polished for an antique patina – that really brings out the texture in the petal and lets the color of the larimar pop. The pendant measures 1-9/16” tall / 1” wide. The chain is 17” plus a 2” extender chain.
*Please note, the necklace is shown on a mini-bust, the display is not true to life size.