About us

“At Santiago, in San Domingo, in the valley of the brook Acagua, amber pieces, some as large as the egg of a goose, reward the explorer.”

J.G. Haddow, 1891
Amber – All about it.

 

Amber
We started our operation directly in Jacagua (Acagua) north of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros at the foot of the mountain range where Dominican Amber is found, in the Caribbean, in the Dominican Republic. We have been specializing in the extremely rare version, the BLUE amber.

Larimar
Members of our family live close to the extinguished volcano complex where this BLUE pectolite (called Larimar) is found and have with direct access to the mine. The mine is just one square kilometer of land and the only place on the whole planet where Larimar is found.

Conch
Our Conch is the Strombus gigas, the Queen Conch (Spanish: lambí), which constitutes a means of sustenance for the Dominican fishing economy, representing a source of occupation and food for the citizenship. The pink part of the shell is used for jewelery and carved or cut into cabochons or cameos. The pink pearl of this conch is one of the most expensive and cherished pearls on the market.

Service
is one of the most difficult commodities to get. And yet, this is what we offer. Besides the products. We buy directly at the location to have best prices for best quality, which we select carefully for you. We use our contacts to provide to you the best blue amber. conch and Larimar available. We are your direct link. Lariamber has been operating in the Larimar and amber business since the beginning of the century.

We are a privately owned operation. Therefore, service is also our way of working in partnership with you, providing the best support in communication and information. Due to over 40 years of international business experience, we understand the importance of fastest possible response time.

 

 

Larimar

Normal Pectolite (“ratholite”), is a creamy white acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium (no quartz, mind you!). It is found in many parts of the world as a results of volcanic activity many million years ago.

Nevertheless, there is one extinguished volcano complex where BLUE pectolite is found, on one square kilometer of land, the only place on the whole planet. Over one hundered years ago, the priest Miguel Domingo Fuerte Loren of Barahona applied for the permission of exploration and exploitation as can be found in the documents Dominican Treasury Department. But -as strange as it seems- the mine was forgotten.

After it had been re-discovered in 1974, a year later the exploitation started and now you will find about 2000 or more digging holes reaching far into the mountain.  Very little safety measures are being taken and an unknown number of miners found their grave in the holes and tunnels.

In rainy and hurricane season the holes are filled with water and the outcrop is rather scarce, specially of the blue, cloudy top quality. The real blue material is not always found, dealers depend on what is available.

Therefore, on the market you will find either dirty, white, greenish and brownish low grade pectolite or artificially tinted and even fake products from Asia sold as “Larimar”.  Don’t be gullible.

The hanging Damocles’ sword is the question for how long Larimar will be found and when the only known Larimar mine in all the world will be exhausted.

Blue Amber

Is Dominican Blue Amber among the world’s rarest gems?
You bet it is, despite the fact that its price does not quite reflect that fact. Not yet. Most prices for rare gems are basically adjusted according to what the public is willing to pay. And that depends a lot on the value the general opinion puts on said gem created by publicity.

The yearly production of gem-quality diamonds is at a whopping 130 million carats. That’s more than 20 metric tons. A lot more. And De Beers is getting into the lab-created diamond business with a line of affordable fashion jewelry. But the public has been brain-washed and thinks that diamonds are “rare” and therefore expensive. Rare, my foot.

Although there are no official numbers, but in comparison, top-grade Blue Amber will be found up to 50 kilos per year, high-grade Blue Amber has probably a yearly output of approximately 150 to 250 kilos, while the low-grade does not exceed 900 kilos per year. Now, that IS rare.

Being this scarce, why isn’t Blue Amber more expensive? The answer is: top grade blue amber is expensive. Compared to regular amber and its color variations it is in the highest price range, fluctuating with the market value according to various factors. Therefore, if you find a piece of blue amber being offered too cheap (like on eBay and on top of it from China), it may not be the real thing you are looking at, never mind what the description says.

What about it’s investment value? Unlike diamonds Blue Amber actually is an investment whose value increases over time. In 2016, the Dominican government banned the export of both, raw Larimar and raw amber, and some mines even have been closed. So the material has become rather scarce. But we still can provide elaborated gems for you.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend… but blue amber is her true love.

Conch

Our Conch is the Strombus gigas, the Queen Conch (Spanish: lambí), which constitutes a means of sustenance for the Dominican fishing economy, representing a source of occupation and food for the citizenship. The pink part of the shell is used for jewelery and carved or cut into cabochons or cameos. The pink pearl of this conch is one of the most expensive and cherished pearls on the market.

The protection of this species in its different stages of reproduction and development is very necessary, guaranteeing its sustainability throughout the year. Therefore, from 1st of July it is prohibited the capture, consumption and commercialization of this species throughout the national territory and the Caribbean, a period that will last until October 31, according to the Vice Ministry of Coastal and Marine Resources, of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic.

We only use shells from mature Conch caught during fishing the season to have them made into cabochons for jewelry.

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