1.35" Polished, Sea-Blue Larimar Teardrop Cabochon - Dominican Republic

This is a stunning, 1.35" wide cabochon of rare, larimar that was collected from the Los Chupaderos mine in the Dominican Republic. This piece is of exceptional quality with baby blue tones and flowery patterning. It has been cut and polished to a glossy-finish.

Larimar refers to the striking, light-blue variety of the mineral, pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic. At this juncture, larimar is the only mineral that is actively mined in the Caribbean. It has recently become quite popular because of its color, rarity and ability to easily be crafted into jewelry. Additionally, many local legends suggest larimar is a sign of the Caribbean’s ties to the mythical, sunken continent of Atlantis. This lore adds to its appeal as a collector piece by casual myth enthusiasts and serious collectors alike.

This mineral has a triclinic crystal system and only appears in a massive form (doesn’t form individual crystals). The striking sea-blue color is caused by the presence of copper in the mineral. This is the result of copper replacement of calcium in the formation process.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Larimar
LOCATION
Los Chupaderos, Barahona, Dominican Republic
SIZE
1.35 x .7", .15" thick
CATEGORY
ITEM
#194713