What is Larimar?
Larimar was formed millions of years ago by volcanic activities and occurs now in just one square kilometer of a remote mountain
range in the Dominican Republic. This natural and untreated stone is twenty times rarer than Tanzanite, making it one of the rarest
gemstones in the world. Exact quantities of this stone are unknown, but many are saying that the mines are exhausting.
Larimar is mined today by simplest of methods. This conventional mining is mostly open pit, with the miners using only picks and
shovels. There are many days when the miners return empty handed and the intense tropical weather of the region does little to help.
Once extracted, the stone is then graded to determine if it is of jewelry quality. Only 8-10% of the rough stone is usable for jewelry.
Larimar became officially recognized in 1974 when samples of it were sent to the Smithsonian. The gemstone was given its name by a
local artist named Miguel Mendez who thought of his beautiful daughter, LARissa and MAR, the Spanish word for sea, which it resembles