Larimar is a recently discovered ocean-blue gemstone found in a remote mountain region in the Caribbean Basin. High on an isolated mountain top, miners use only picks and shovels to work the deposits of this unique Caribbean gemstone. Larimar was given its name by Miguel Mendez, a lapidary artisan who first worked on this gemstone. The name "Larimar" comes from his daughter's name, Larissa, and the Spanish word, "mar," meaning "ocean" (because of the beautiful range of colors of the Caribbean waters). The Gemological Institute of America has identified Larimar as a blue pectolite found nowhere else in the world.