#1795 - A Fountain pen and a matching rollerball pen in
Larimar, also called "Stefilia's Stone", is a rare blue
variety of pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic, in the
Caribbean. Its coloration varies from white, light-blue, green-blue to
The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Mining records show
that on 23 November 1916 Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren of the
Barahona Parish requested permission to explore and exploit the mine of
a certain blue rock he had discovered. Pectolites were not yet known in
the Dominican Republic and the request was rejected.
In 1974, at the foot of the Bahoruco Range, the coastal
province of Barahona, Miguel Méndez and Peace Corps volunteer Norman
Rilling rediscover Larimar on a beach. Natives, who believed the stone
came from the sea, called the gem Blue Stone. Miguel took his young
daughter's name Larissa and the Spanish word for sea (mar) and formed
Larimar, by the colors of the water of the Caribbean Sea, where it was
found. The few stones they found were alluvial sediment, washed into
the sea by the Bahoruco River. An upstream search revealed the in situ
outcrops in the range and soon the Los Chupaderos mine was formed.
Larimar is a type of pectolite, or a rock composed
largely of pectolite, an acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium.
Although pectolite is found in many locations, none have the unique
volcanic blue coloration of larimar. This blue color, distinct from
that of other pectolites, is the result of copper substitution for
Miocene volcanic rocks, andesites and basalts, erupted
within the limestones of the south coast of the island. These rocks
contained cavities or vugs which were later filled with a variety of
minerals including the blue pectolite. These pectolite cavity fillings
are a secondary occurrence within the volcanic flows, dikes and plugs.
When these rocks erode the pectolite fillings are carried downslope to
end up in the alluvium and the beach gravels. The Bahoruco River
carried the pectolite bearing sediments to the sea. The tumbling action
along the streambed provided the natural polishing to the blue larimar
which makes them stand out in contrast to the dark gravels of the
Larimar jewelry is offered to the public in the
Dominican Republic, and elsewhere in the Caribbean as a local
speciality. Most jewelry produced is set in silver, and it is for this
reason that I have set these pens with silver plated metalwork.
If you look closely, you will note that I have turned
two tiny grooves into the barrel and correspending cap of the
rollerball pen so that you can easily identify pen which is which!
Above: the pens in the open position with the caps
mounted on the end of the pen bodies. You can use them like this if you
prefer, or leave the caps removed when you write with them.
An absolutely stunningly beautiful pair of pens. The
perfect gift for someone really special.
#1795 - A Fountain pen and Rollerball pen in
Larimar Stone and Silver
(Plus shipping by courier, fully tracked and insured)