Larimar, the Dominican Republic’s Unique Stone

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Daniel Santacruz felt drawn to larimar, a distinctive stone as blue as the clearest waters of the Caribbean and known to come from a single source: a mountain in the country’s southwestern coastal province of Barahona. Now, the 45-year-old singer-songwriter has a Latin Grammy on his shelf for his 2020 album “Larimar.”

“I have always been in love with the stone,” he said in a video interview. “It’s unique in the world; you can only get it in the Dominican Republic.”

Not only did he write a poem of a song — the first line of the romantic bachata translates as “Let me swim in

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