Speech Kofi Annan European HOPE XXL Conference
Larimar is a stone native to the Dominican Republic. It is also known as Stefilia's Stone, the Dolphin Stone, Blue Pectolite, and Atlantis Stone. The quality grading of the stone is based mainly on coloration; the more intense the blue color and the contrast in the stone, the higher and rarer is the quality. Consequently, a lower quality larimar may lean more towards different shades of bluish-green, with some inclusions or brown strikes, red spots etc., It is said Larimar was originally discovered in 1916 but soon forgotten. In 1974, Norman Rilling, and Miguel Méndez, rediscovered the gem. Miguel named the stone after his younger daughter Larissa, and the sea ("mar" in Spanish). Hence, Larimar is a fusion of the names "Larissa" and "Mar". The Larimar we utilize in our jewelry is carefully selected directly from the mine region, in Bahoruco, in the Dominican Republic. stone color and pattern are varied base on its natural look and per stone.