The History Of Larimar


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The earliest known discovery of Larimar was in 1916.  However Larimar did not actually begin to be used commercially until much later.

It was not until 1974 when a man by the name of Miguel Mendez, working with the Peace Corp in the southwestern province of Barahona, was credited with the rediscovery.

The story goes that the blue stones could be seen glimmering at the bottom of the mouth of the Bahoruco River.  Local natives had assumed the stones to have been washed in with the tide, and that their origin was somewhere at sea.

However Mendez and another Peace Corp. volunteer eventually traced the source of the stones upriver to what is now known as Los Chupaderos mine.

Larimar originally found in the Bahoruco River

Over time, through wind and erosion, bits and pieces of the blue pectolite that had been broken loose were washed down the mountainside, naturally polished by the rain and river waters that carried them.

Today most larimar is mined at its source, then cut and polished manually to a finished form.

It is said that larimar was given its name by Mendez by combining the name of his daughter Larissa, with ‘Mar’ the Spanish word for sea.


You can read more on the history of larimar at LarimarMuseum.com.