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Amber and Larimar Jewelry


Traditional Dominican jewelry often include semi-precious stones found only in the Dominican Republic, such as Dominican amber and Larimar. Artists design jewelry with these gemstones that are encased in precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum.

 

Amber

There are three reasons that amber from the Dominican Republic is considered to be the most valuable in the world. First, it is 90 percent more transparent than the amber found in the Baltic and other parts of the world. Second, it is 10 percent more likely you will find an insect, frog or lizard embedded within this prehistoric gem. Finally, Dominican amber has a unique yellow color, but can also be found in intense red, gray, black and blue. It is great for collecting or wearing as part of your daily jewelry.

 

Larimar

The only place where this opaque blue gem known as the "Dominican turquoise" can be found is the south east region of the Dominican Republic. It is mined near the road that goes from Bahoruco towards Pedernales. As a result of volcanic activity many millions of years ago, the stone is blue with touches of green and white, with brown, gray, or red shadows are woven into the surface. Jewels with Larimar are a marvelous and lasting souvenir.

 

You can see incredible examples of this stone and purchase your own at the Amber Museum and the Larimar Museum in Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata, as well as in craft shops, hotels and shopping centers and of course at craft fairs.

 

To learn more about Dominican amber or Larimar, please visit:

 

- www.ambermuseum.com

 

- www.amberworldmuseum.com

 

- www.larimarmuseum.com

 
Larimar Museum
This new museum explains the mining and jewelry industries. The exhibitions show the extraction and manufacture processes for larimar jewelry. Isabel La Católica Street #54, Santo DomingoTelephone: (809) 689-6605Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., from Monday
Amber Museum
 Duarte Street #61, Puerto PlataTelephone: (809) 586-2848Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., from Monday to Sunday. This Victorian museum is housed on two floors, and is said to have the most transparent Amber collection in the world. Well-preserved plants,
Amber Museum in Santo Domingo
 Arzobispo Meriño Street #452 corner of RestauraciónColonial City, Santo DomingoTelephone: (809) 682-3309 Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., from Monday to Saturday; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Sundays.