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Larimar is said to be a relic of the lost continent of Atlantis and is a rare blue variety
of pectolite found only in the Caribbean. Volcanic in origin, the most important outcrop of blue pectolite is located
at Los Chupaderos, in the section of Los Checheses, about 10 kilometers southwest of the city of Barahona, in the
south-western region of the Dominican Republic. The stone is formed when hot gases push crystallized minerals up
though volcanic tubes. In order to mine and excavate the stone miners must identify these tubes and dig deeper and
deeper into old volcanoes. In this a single mountainside is now perforated with approximately 2,000 vertical shafts,
surrounded by rainforest vegetation and deposits of blue-colored mine tailings. Mining the stone is extremely difficult.
Not only does the location of the mines make them extremely difficult to access, but the area is subject to the hurricane
season, often causing the mines to be closed for 5 months out of the year. The stone must be mined by hand because
dynamite or heavy machinery can destroy it. So excavation is extremely labor intensive. Miners, using only hand tools,
must find and follow the small veins of Larimar. The best quality stone is often found as far as one hundred feet below
the surface, digging through all that rock by hand obviously takes quite a bit of time. There is a finite amount of this
beautiful gemstone left underground. Its Caribbean blue color makes it highly desirable, rare as a fetish carving stone
and very, very collectable.
Larimar's beautiful colors mirror the blue and white shades of the ocean and sky. The word
Larimar was created by the co-discoverer of the stone, Miguel Mendez, who combined the name of his daughter Larissa with
the Spanish word Mar for sea. Larimar is used most often to make jewelry but here we have the frog meister, Ricky Laahty,
creating a Zuni fetish from this valuable stone. Ricky makes his trademark froggie eyes from gold-lipped Mother-of-pearl
and jet. The frog is signed Ricky Laahty very faintly.
If you would like to read more about the frog's characteristics and attributes click here. And click here to hear "frog" in Shiwi, the language of Zuni.
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Zuni Carver: Ricky Laahty
Dimensions: 7/16"L x 11/16"T x 1 1/4"W
Shipping costs: $ 10.00 + depending on your location
Plus state sales tax to Texas residents!
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The Zuni Fetish Story
If you're new to Zuni fetish collecting and interested in learning more about them, we have written a short article about Zuni fetishes and what they mean to the Zuni culture. CLICK HERE to read the article on Zuni fetishes.
Zuni Fetish Meanings
We've written this article to inform Zuni fetish collectors about the specific meanings and attributes of the more traditional Zuni fetish carvings.
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The Zuni Language
If, as a Zuni fetish collector, you haven't had the opportunity visit Zuni Pueblo but would enjoy hearing some words in the Zuni language, we hope you'll findthis article interesting and informative. CLICK HERE and turn up your volume to enjoy!
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