American, Indian and Chinese are the main buyers of Larimar, with local intermediaries who deal with the miners in to obtain from both the miners and the buyers very interesting commissions.
Many times the miners reserve for these buyers top quality Larimar which they sell in lots containing besides the AAA quality also AA and A qualities for a rounded price to have the opportunity to sell them all. Larimar stones bought by Chinese and Indian customers are worked into jewelry in their countries. However, the Larimar stones acquired by customers from the USA, are sent to Thailand, Indonesia and India to produce jewelry. Artisans in these countries have lifelong experience inherited from their family making beautiful Larimar silver jewelry with art characteristics of that region. The silver work is artistically elaborated with typical designs, many time combined with precious and semi-precious gems, which increases the price of the Larimar jewelry.
Dominican silversmiths are practically new in this art, introduced in the Dominican Republic in the fifties, during the dictatorship of Trujillo, to produce Amber jewelry with 925 silver.
The designs of Dominican jewelry are of simple lines, charming, attractive and beautiful, appropriate for any age, any time and any outfit.
Pear-shaped, teardrop and oval forms are the most popular symmetrical pieces Dominican artisans produce. Nevertheless, they prefer to make more irregular shape cabochons to take advantage of the full Larimar slab. They create beautiful Larimar Pendants, rings, bracelets and necklaces, impregnating every finished Larimar jewel with the real essence of the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican government has installed an artisan school in the area of Barahona to teach the locals the skill of producing top quality Larimar jewelry. At the same time, to the purpose of motivate foreign Larimar stone buyers to produce their jewelry in the Dominican Republic, helping our natives to make a living of this art and get out of poverty, as they benefit from the fact that this unique, rare Larimar stone is only mined in our country.
Contrary to what many might think, Dominican artisans are better paid than artisans most of those countries where the Larimar stone is taken to produce jewelry; with every Larimar jewel sold in or from the Dominican Republic, almost thousand families are supported with the benefit of the Larimar business.
The Dominican Republic has declared Larimar its national stone, forming part of the culture, tourism and artisan business of the Dominican Republic; LARIMAR is THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
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