A Pretty and Curious Larimar Necklace

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…

A Pretty and Curious Larimar Necklace | The Petite Bijou

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.

A Pretty and Curious Larimar Necklace | The Petite Bijou

Mystical Properties

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)

A Pretty and Curious Larimar Necklace | The Petite Bijou

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.

A Pretty and Curious Larimar Necklace | The Petite Bijou

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!

LARIMAR NECKLACES

Have you ever heard of it before? What do you think of it? Would love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment below!

xo Mariam

 

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31 Comments

  1. May 27, 2016 / 4:18 PM

    This is such a cool necklace! So pretty!

  2. May 24, 2016 / 8:50 PM

    This is such a fascinating post! I have never heard of it, nor have I thought to research the history behind a type of stone before! Such interesting, rich history. And it truly is a beautiful color!
    Emily
    http://darlingdearestblog.com

  3. May 23, 2016 / 12:11 PM

    Such a beautiful necklace!! It is so dainty and unique — the perfect type of jewelry in my opinion! What a great find 🙂

    XX
    Yvan
    simplyyvan.com

  4. May 23, 2016 / 10:57 AM

    I’d never heard of Larimar before this post! I love that it has “mystical properties” and the idea of wearing something that can ward of negativity! The stone itself is gorgeous! Great post! <3

  5. May 23, 2016 / 10:50 AM

    I love larimar, the blue is just such a beautiful color! Wonderful post!

  6. May 23, 2016 / 10:40 AM

    I’ve never heard of Larimar before but I love the history & scarcity behind it. The stone itself is such a gorgeous color. This necklace is beautiful & totally ‘you’! 🙂

    xox,
    Kristin

  7. Ruthie
    May 22, 2016 / 10:55 PM

    Loved learning more about this stunning piece!! It is beautiful and can be worn with anything!!❤️

  8. Angelle Marix
    May 22, 2016 / 12:14 AM

    Gorgeous necklace!!! I’ve never heard of it. Loved your detailed description. It’s fabulous.

    Xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  9. May 21, 2016 / 3:19 PM

    I love the delicate and intricate details of this necklace! xx

  10. May 21, 2016 / 12:22 PM

    What a beautiful necklace. I am absolutely loving that, and I like the mystical concept behind it. Reminds me of the evil eye that helps ward off negative energy! xx adaatude.com

  11. May 21, 2016 / 12:07 PM

    Oh girl – making me blush over here!

    You know I totally believe in all the crystal properties, and this necklace seems incredibly powerful AND stunning! It’s just very classic, chic and so YOU. I love love love!

    Thank you SO much for the reference, you are an angel!
    xoxo
    Krista

  12. May 21, 2016 / 10:40 AM

    I’ve never heard of this before, very interesting! The look has such a feminine vintage vibe that is so you!
    xo, Zoe | http://www.zoewithlove.me/

  13. May 20, 2016 / 9:35 PM

    I’ve been to the Dominican Republic but never noticed this beautiful stone. I will need to pay closer attention the next time I visit. Thank you for providing a little history on such a beautiful gem. I can definitely see you wearing it. Xoxo

    • May 20, 2016 / 8:29 PM

      Oh neat! How was your trip? I am not one much for the magical properties of stones but i think it’s what makes stones even more interesting than just their beautiful color. History and cultural traditions are so important.

      xo Mariam

    • May 20, 2016 / 8:28 PM

      Thanks so much, Kait! Annie has great taste!

    • May 20, 2016 / 7:22 PM

      That’s so wonderful! I can’t wait to visit one day!

      xo Mariam

  14. May 20, 2016 / 2:27 PM

    This is such a gorgeous necklace – and can be worn with everything! Total win-win! xo

  15. May 20, 2016 / 11:15 AM

    That is such a beautiful stone! I’m not really into the meditation or healing aspect of gemstones but I love geology and understanding how rocks are formed, found etc. Super pretty!

    • May 20, 2016 / 12:25 PM

      Hi Liz!

      It is a beautiful stone, indeed. I’m not much into those things either but I’ve studied them in great context as a historian and anthropologist. The concept is very intriguing and so many different cultures around the world believe in stone magic. I think part of their mysticism is intact, Geology! It’s so amazing how stones are formed! Thanks for stopping by!

      xo Mariam

  16. May 20, 2016 / 11:15 AM

    I’ve never heard of this stone before-how interesting-and beautiful!

    • May 20, 2016 / 12:23 PM

      Neither did I! It’s very beautiful and it’s such a shame it’s becoming rare!

      xo Mariam

  17. May 20, 2016 / 11:06 AM

    I just knew that you would love this necklace!! I got it when I was in Jamaica (I can’t remember if I put that in the note) and then when you won, I knew that I had to send it your way. The history behind the stone is really meaningful. Beautiful post and congrats on the blog relaunch!
    xo Annie
    http://thelovelygirl.co

    • May 20, 2016 / 12:23 PM

      It’s so beautiful! I didn’t know you got it in Jamaica! That’s so neat! Thank you so much for the wonderful prize! I’m still so shocked I won anything lol! Have a great Friday, Annie!

      xo Mariam

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