What is Larimar?
Larimar is a semi-precious stone regarded for its distinctive coloration that admirers refer to as deep volcanic blue.
Larimar is so rare it can only be found in one place in the whole world: The Dominican Republic. It has been called the Carribean Gemstone.
This semi-precious stone is actually an unusual form of blue pectolite (a crystalline mineral). While pectolites are more commonly found throughout the world, only those found in the Dominican Republic have the deep blue coloration that is the result of ancient volcanic activity.
Long ago on, on the southwestern coast of the island of Hispaniola, eruptions mixed volcanic rock with mineral elements including Cobalt which is the primary element responsible for giving Larimar its distinctive blue splendor.
Green larimar is also known, from translucent (similar to gem-grade chrysocolla) to dark variscite-like greens, however shades of green are not very highly sought.
Some larimar may also contain red plumes, which is indicative of traces of iron.