About Larimar

The Larimar deposit now known is located in the area of Los Chupaderos, distant about 7 miles northwest of La Cienega and 10 kilometers southwest of Barahona.

This vessel is a basic volcanic complex, consisting mainly of porphyritic andesites and basalts intensely altered, at least in the area of outcrop and surrounded by thick beds of Eocene limestone which have been strongly brecciate, product of upward movement of the volcanic complex.

The Larimar occurs in the form of small concretions that fill cavities produced by the exhaust gas at the time of basalt crystallization. These concretions generally tend to be oval and concentric with a nucleus often targeted due to the concentration of calcium oxide (CaO). 

The Larimar with impurities of rocks has a high content of iron and magnesium ferromagnesian showing the character of the rock that holds the Larimar, which is not usual in minerals from this category, but common in basic rocks such as basalt.

A quantitative chemical analysis clearly shows that the essential constituents of Larimar are the silica and calcium oxide with sodium oxide and water as secondary element, while iron, magnesium, alum and potassium appear only in the form of impurities.

As rareness appears the red dendrites inclusions, among the different minerals found in theLarimar stone are iron, hematite, magnesium, phosphor, siliceous and copper. Due to this Larimar Specimens are very intriguing with rare colorings, patterns, completely different from the traditional Larimar colors.

After processing the rough Larimar stone, approx. only 10 percent is left appropriate for jewelry.

We invite you to visit our country and the Larimar mines, this is a full day trip but very exciting, where you will see wonderful landscapes and wonderful people.

You can also visit our blog for more information about this stunning stone and our rich culture! Click here: www.thelarimarshop.com/blog

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