What is Larimar?
Larimar is a rare blue variety of pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic. Its color varies from white, light blue, green-blue to deep blue. Larimar is often used as a gemstone and is popular for its unique blue color and oceanic patterns.
Larimar is a rare gemstone that comes in shades of blue reminiscent of the sea. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially rings and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Silicate|
|Color||Ranges from light blue to deep blue, often with white, grey, or greenish patterns.|
|Luster||Silky to vitreous.|
|Occurrence||Dominican Republic (it's the only known source).|
|Formation||Found in cavities within basaltic lava formations.|
|Diaphaneity||Translucent to opaque|
|Mohs Hardness||4.5 to 5|
|Specific Gravity||2.74 - 2.99|
|Diagnostic Properties||Blue to greenish-blue, often with white patterns.|
|Pleochroism||Not observed in larimar.|
|Crystal System||Triclinic (variety of Pectolite)|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||1.600 - 1.650|
|2V angle||Measured: 85° to 90°|
|Dispersion||Not typically noted for its dispersion.|