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Copyright (c) Jane Sweeney, Getty Images.
Copyright (c) Jane Sweeney, Getty Images.
Larimar
Larimar

You know the feeling when you are enormously fond of something and want to shout it from the rooftops? Enter blue pectolite, more commonly known as Larimar (and turtleback stone). We are absolutely besotted with Larimar. A gorgeous hue of blue, with an exact Pantone colour match to the sky and waters in the Dominican Republic, the only source in the world (discovered thus far). We have previously discussed the alluring beauty of a single gem source and this is no different, because the appeal of the gem and shift in prices are dependent on the single source. If more sources are discovered, this of course shall change…

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Initially discovered in the early 20th century, and more widespread since the 1970s, to unearth this beautiful mineral, miners follow the river upstream and enter the depths of old volcanoes in Barahona. Aside from its aesthetic beauty, Larimar is historically known to have healing powers and increase linguistic abilities.

As one of the only gems mined in the Caribbean, it is worth getting your hands on either mineral samples, or pieces of Larimar jewellery to add to your collection.
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