Featured Gemstone: Larimar
■ Most often seen in jewelry as a wonderful soft blue that runs from dark to light, with mottled veining of lighter blue to
white color running through it.
■ The more intense the blue, and the contrasts in the stone, the higher and rarer the quality.
■ A type of Pectolite. Pectolite is found in many places around the world, but the blue variety only comes from the
■ The name Larimar comes from a combination of Larissa and Mar and was given to the stone by a Dominican who
named it after his daughter, Larissa, and Mar, the Spanish word for sea.
■ It is dug by hand in very crude pit mines around the mountains of the Dominican Republic.
■ Wearability is good although hardness is only 5 on the MOHS scale.
■ At this time there are no known synthetics on the market, however, plastic and glass imitations are possible.
■ Be gentle when cleaning your Larimar jewelry. Use a soft cloth and avoid harsh chemicals. Also try to avoid lotions,
perfumes and hair spray while wearing. Store Larimar out of direct sunlight as the color will fade in time.
Stephanie L. Masché
Registered Gemologist Appraiser
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