Larimar is a rare pectolite composed of calcium and sodium found only in the Dominican Republic. It was originally discovered in 1916 by Father Domingo Fuertes Loren, but his permit to mine it was rejected and it was subsequently forgotten. In 1974, it was rediscovered by a Peace Corps volunteer on a beach in Barahona. Larimar was first introduced to the American market in 1986.

Larimar is most commonly blue, but can also be found in green and red. Brown strikes in the stone are due to the presence of other minerals in the stone and can contribute to the value of the stone if it is complimentary. The most highly valued Larimar is that with intense blue and high contrast.

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