Welcome to Summer at DMS! We’ll be taking a break
from our “Delaware Mineral Series”
until the Fall. Please do join us for a
So, get ready for some mineral eye candy with this month's favorite:
another annual Mineral
Picfest summer kickoff!
Larimar is a strange mineral name. One might think it was a
grandfathered IMA term from
ancient Europe. But alas, it is not. "Larimar" is a modern term
that refers to two aspects of its
discovery--in a non-scientific, gem-trade named way.
A provocative mineral, Larimar,
is a trade name for a gemmy form of Pectolite. Found only
in the Dominican Republic, this Caribbean gem has only been commercially
available since the
It is an “agatey” blue, when
polished, and resembles a cross between aquamarine beryl and
turquoise in luster and color. In it’s rough form, the same blue
appears, yet looks more like a
secondary azurite upon limestone.
A Dominican man, Miguel Mendez
and a Peace Corps member, Norman Rilling, re-found the
location in 1974. Senior Mendez was inspired to name the gemstone
after his daughter Larissa
and the blue sea, which the stone resembled (Spanish “mar“).
One locations exists for this
rare blue gemstone: in the southwest of the country in the
mountains of the Barahona.
Mining is done with hand tools in
man-hewn holes--dangerous work. Should you come
across some rough, think kindly on the miners of the Caribbean, and enjoy.
only a gemstone usage known to date.
Here is where DMS Members can add their
photos to share with us.
Until Next Time
We hope you have enjoyed our all too short visit to
Larimar. Please join us next month,
for another article, and we shall journey together!
Until then, stay safe, and happy collecting.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of our fellow
collectors, authors, curators, professionals, and club members who made this
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