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Caribbean Blue…JEWELRY!

July 08, 2010, 15:22 pm  Posted by Lark
 
Larimar or "Stefilia's Stone" is a rare blue type of pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean. The green-blue color is actually photosensitive and fades with time if exposed to too much light and heat... so don't wear it at the beach!

Larimar or 'Stefilia's Stone,' is a rare blue type of pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean. The green-blue color is actually photosensitive and fades with time if exposed to too much light and heat... so don't wear it at the beach!

It’s my first week home as a married lady and I’m still glowing from the Dominican Republic sun – last week I was in Punta Cana on my honeymoon and had a FABULOUS time. … From four-wheeling through small villages to speed-boating on the Caribbean Sea, one common thread I constantly noticed was COLOR. Bright colors were everywhere. Homes were painted bright blues, pinks, oranges and greens. And the sea was crystal-clear Caribbean blue.  And I saw a lot of bright rainbow colors in the local women’s clothing and jewelry.

While shopping in some local markets near Punta Cana for gifts (the storeowners were very nice but VERY pushy), I noticed Larimar- a stone set in silver that stood out from all the rest (in beauty AND price). With the color of the Carribean Sea, Larimar is a local specialty with a main Larimar factory in Santo Domingo. Debating wheither I should spend my pesos or not, I found online that the stones might not be authentic and one way to tell is by holding a flame to the stone for a couple seconds, take the flame away, then touch the stone. It should be cold to the touch, since true Larimar won’t hold heat. Since I wasn’t about to do that in a local shop, I decided to purchase a few other colorful items to keep my vivid memories of the Caribbean.

An example of larimar jewelry set in silver.

Bright buildings, like this blue one in a Punta Cana village, were very common.

Here's a shot of Punta Cana's Caribbean Sea- a very similar color to the local Larimar stone.

 
 
 
 

17 Responses

    Ray says:

    Beautiful blue! I didn't know larimar was light-sensitive, Carol. Thanks for the lovely post.

    Liesl says:

    This is an amazing stone. Thank you for shareing.

    justval says:

    Those beautiful shades of blue make me want to pack my bags and head to the Caribbean Islands. Think how wonderful you would feel driving up your driveway viewing a beautiful blue somewhere on your house, in your house or garden.
    Peace, Calm and Tranquility!

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