It’s my first week home as a married lady and I’m still glowing from the Dominican Republic sun – last week I was in Punta Cana on my honeymoon and had a FABULOUS time. … From four-wheeling through small villages to speed-boating on the Caribbean Sea, one common thread I constantly noticed was COLOR. Bright colors were everywhere. Homes were painted bright blues, pinks, oranges and greens. And the sea was crystal-clear Caribbean blue. And I saw a lot of bright rainbow colors in the local women’s clothing and jewelry.
While shopping in some local markets near Punta Cana for gifts (the storeowners were very nice but VERY pushy), I noticed Larimar- a stone set in silver that stood out from all the rest (in beauty AND price). With the color of the Carribean Sea, Larimar is a local specialty with a main Larimar factory in Santo Domingo. Debating wheither I should spend my pesos or not, I found online that the stones might not be authentic and one way to tell is by holding a flame to the stone for a couple seconds, take the flame away, then touch the stone. It should be cold to the touch, since true Larimar won’t hold heat. Since I wasn’t about to do that in a local shop, I decided to purchase a few other colorful items to keep my vivid memories of the Caribbean.