When it comes to Larimar jewelry, it is not only the stone that makes us fall in love with every given piece but the details in the metal craftsmanship and the magic behind the style. What happens before cutting the stones and turning them into an OOAK piece is pure magic and our young artisans are the ones to blame! This article is all about Samy, the head artisan of TLS.
Becoming an artist
Sammy remembers his first steps as an artisan. He started by watching his older brother in the backyard of his house, creating roses and different shapes for girls' earrings using homemade tools!
Born in the seventies, when the Larimar stone was rediscovered, Sammy got to know this awesome Caribbean rock at the age of 12. The Larimar stone, or blue stone as called by the locals, was at its first stage and not well known.
Making silver jewelry
In the beginning, there were only three workshops in the Dominican Republic producing local handmade jewelry. Sammy had the opportunity to learn firsthand the whole process from the Larimar stone cutting to silver settings.
At a very young age, he started teaching at a local art school and working for different workshops where he could develop his art. He soon discovered his very best talent and passion: jewelry design and silver craftsmanship.
Handcrafting Larimar Stone Jewelry
As he explains, the uniqueness of each Larimar cab is what inspires each style. By observing the patterns, the blue colors mixes, and the shapes, he visualizes the jewel as finished. Drawing on paper and sketching within his imagination gives life to every piece Samy creates.
Along with the junior artist from the workshop, Sammy enjoys making one-of-a-kind Larimar jewelry, especially when he can play with silver strings to adorn the bezel.