Etymology and history

This beautiful and captivating stone with sky blue-emerald color of a semi-precious group of stones is used in the manufacture of jewelry. Larimar, with its color, is somewhat like turquoise or blue jade and it is quite unjustly often confused with these stones. Larimar deposits are very low as they only take place in one place in the world, the Dominican Republic, and this is why this stone is extremely rare and very precious. It is also a relatively recently discovered stone. The first mention of this bluish stone come from the archives of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Mining and records concern a request made by father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren of the Barahona parish to to the Ministry of Mining in 1916.

For unknown reasons, the priest never obtained the permission for exploitation. He had to wait until 1974 of the last century for his chance of the discovery of larimar to the world, when Miguel Mendez, and a representative of peacekeeping in the Dominican Republic, Norman Rilling, found the strange blue stone on the beach. The natives believed that the stone comes straight from the sea due of its color, identical to the color of the sea covering the sandy beaches of the Dominican Republic. They called it a blue stone, or the stone of the dolphin. The author of the name Larimar is its discoverer, Miguel Mendez, who combined the first letters of the name of his daughter (Larris) and the Spanish word for sea (Mar). It was presented as a gemstone in the US in 1986 for first time. Since that time, it is popular among jewelry artists.

Larimar description

Larimar formed many years ago by a volcanic eruption. The most probable cause is that magma mixed with other substances, i.e. compounds of aluminum, sodium, calcium and iron below the ground. This chemical blend formed what is known in geology as pectolite - which essentially is a mineral occurring in clusters of dense, fibrous to build radiant. This is the reason for Larimar's incredibly beautiful light blue color.

Larimar in articles of jewelery

Larimar can be bought literally everywhere in the Dominican Republic. It's unique. Maybe that's why tourists from around the world are eager to buy it. Earrings, pendants, and bracelets shimmer in markets and jewelry stores. Exported to other countries, the cost is three times higher than in the Dominican Republic, although here, they do not belong to the cheap category either. It is not known when the volcanic deposit will be exhausted. Jewelry made of Larimar is now one of the most beautiful and most popular type of jewelry in the world. Usually, it is enclosed in silver, but also beautifully presents itself in all shades of gold. We can boast that silverrushstyle has a beautiful and unique collection of unusual jewelry designs made of Larimar. Our pendants, larimar rings, bracelets and necklaces with Larimar are one of the most esteemed and valued types of jewelry by our customers from around the world.


The Dominican Republic is the only place of its occurrence in the world. The discovery site is located in the south-western part of the mountain region, 7 km from the Caribbean Sea, near Barahona and Baoruco.

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