This week's star of the show is a one locational gemstone, is relatively new in gemological terms and somewhat of a local speciality as it is difficult to find around the world due to its limited supply. Have you guessed yet?
If you have been to the Caribbean, and in particular the Dominican Republic, you may very well have come across this gemstone. It is.....Larimar!
Larimar was apparently first found in the Dominican Republic in 1916 by Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren. He asked the Ministry of Mining for permission to mine this stone but it was denied...because no-one knew what he was talking about!
It was later rediscovered in 1974 by Dominican Republic local Miguel Mendez and Norman Rilling, a member of the US Marine Corps. They found a large amount of the blue stone near a town called Los Chupaderos in the south west of the country. The stone was named after Mendez's daughter, Larissa, and "mar", the Spanish name for "sea".
Larimar's colour ranges from white to light blue, sky blue, green blue an "volcanic" blue (medium blue) with Volcanic blue being the highest quality.