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The History of Larimar

Once upon a time, in 1916, the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Mining records show that the Spanish priest, Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren of the Barahona Parish reportedthe discovery of “blue stone” or Larimar to the Archbishop Nouel. He requested permissionon 23rd of November 1916 to explore and exploit the mine of a certain blue rock that he had discovered. Pectolites were not yet known in the Dominican Republic, and the request was rejected.

In 1974, Miguel Méndez, a Peace Corps volunteer Norman Rilling, rediscovered Larimar. He discovered the gem stone on a beach at the foot of the Bahoruco Mountain Range, the coastal province of Barahona. Since he found it at the beach, the local people thought the stone came from the ocean and called it “blue stone”. Miguel Mendez decided that the stone was a gift to his daughter Larissa and chose to rename it after her. Miguel took his daughter’s name Larissa and the Spanish word for sea “mar” and formed Larimar. This was to suggest the unique colours of the Caribbean Sea where it was found. The scientific name of the stone is blue pectolite.

In November 1974, the first research was made by the scientist Rd. Paul E. Desautels, Chief of the Mineral Department of the Smithsonian Institute, followed by several other scientists. They came to the conclusion that this blue stone corresponds to the pectolite family for the gemmological properties are consistent with those reported for pectolite, withthe rarity that Larimar is the only pectolite with blue colours discovered until now in the whole world. Larimar falls under the category of semi-precious stone.

The few stones that they found were alluvial sediment, washed into the sea by the Bahoruco River. An upstream search revealed the in situ outcrops in the range and soon the Los Chupaderos mine was formed. In that way both the creation, the discovery and the name of this semi-precious petrolite is a fairytale. A Caribbean fairytale, in the colours of the Caribbean sea.The stones for the Larimar rings is handpicked by Signe and Jeppe and each ring is unique and handmade from Larimar stone and Sterling silver with a millesimal fineness of 925.

So, Larimar Copenhagen is bringing the Caribbean Sea to Denmark, where the unique colour of the Caribbean sea can lead the dreams to romantic get-aways or to Nordic ice blue.

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