2.6" Section Of Larimar Replaced Wood Limb Cast

This is a spectacular section of a larimar replaced limb cast. It has stunning coloration and banding, measuring 2.6" wide. One side has been polished to a glossy finish with the back side being left in a rough state.

Larimar is found within Miocene aged basalt flows in the Dominican Republic. Some of the larimar found in this formation represents the replacement of petrified wood limb casts in the rock.

There is some chipping to the polished face.

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.
Los Chupaderos, Barahona, Dominican Republic
2.6 x 2.3", up to .3" thick