Friday, September 30, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Larimar

Larimar is a gorgeous blue to blue-ish green stone. It is often mottled with with and ranges from being semi-translucent to completely opaque.   Larimar was first discovered in the Dominican Republic by Miguel Méndez and was named after his daughter.  The "Lari" in the stones name come from Méndez's daughter's name "Larissa," and the "mar" are from the Spanish word for sea. Larimar is a form of Pectolite.