A few weeks ago a fantastic package came in the mail that I knew I had to share with you. After all, beautiful jewels with curious histories are just my cup of tea! This Larimar necklace was my prize for winning one of the Style Collective spring style challenges with this lovely dress. The necklace is quite adorable and the stone is just the loveliest shade of blue. But it’s stylish beauty isn’t the only thing interesting about this stone…
What is Larimar?
Larimar is found only in the Dominican Republic and is becoming quite scarce outside the Caribbean due to high sales! It’s beautiful blue color makes it a prized tourist collectable. Unfortunately long exposure to the sun will discolor it and the stone is easily scratched.
What’s even more interesting is the unrecorded history of it’s founding. Not even the Larimar Museum has any documented events regarding this stone (at least nothing on their website). A simple Google search produces little to no historical relevance to the stone.
Rumors are it was “rediscovered” by a Peace Corps volunteer in 1974 but previously discovered by a Miguel Mendez of Santa Domingo, who named the stone. Larimar is apparently a deviation of Miguel’s daughter “Larissa” and the spanish word for sea which is “mar” – forming the world Larimar.
This cute necklace looks amazing with a summery dress like this one or this one from the LC Lauren Conrad Collection (and both on sale!). I think the contrast of white gives a whole outfit a beachy and tropical vibe.
The history behind this stone isn’t the only interesting thing I’ve found out about it. I am personally not one for believing in the magical qualities of stones. But the Larimar stone is widely known for bringing piece and tranquility to the wearer’s life, including these properties:
- Getting rid of negative attachments
- Helping you gain a “voice” and clearer identity
- Helps you get rid of fear of doctors, hospitals, and surgeries (I need this for needles lol)
The belief that stones and minerals have magical properties goes back hundreds to thousands of years. They were usually crushed up and used for healing magic and rituals. The belief is still prevalent today – amber and other crystals being used to heal, ward off evil spirits, or bring tranquility. Check out this article by Style Collective friend, Krista Williams on the power of crystals for meditation.
When I received this necklace I was delighted in how beautiful it looked, but I wanted to know more about it then just what a Wikipedia page had posted. Sadly there isn’t that much information on it and it will most likely become extremely rare in the years to come. But luckily I’ve found some amazing Larimar necklaces on sale here in the US. Check them out below and grab this stunning stone!
Have you ever heard of it before? What do you think of it? Would love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment below!