Lovely larimar rounded rectangle cabochon bezel set in sterling silver.
Dimensions: (1.7″ long-with bail) x (1″ wide) x (.36″ thick)
Weight: .66 ounces/18.7 grams
Larimar, a rare form of blue pectolite, has been mined exclusively in one square mile of the Dominican Republic since 1974. Most is mined in very difficult mountain terrain, but a small amount can be found in the Rio Baoruco riverbed. The blue and less common green veins are found under a layer of basalt that contains red hematite. White calcite and hematite inclusions can form fern-like patterns in some stones. Larimar has a hardness of 5 to 6, and is considered extremely tough by lapidaries. The blue tones are said to calm the spirit, the greens assist in healing, and the red patterns strengthen the will. Larimar can work to bring truth to communications.