Lady Larimar- Leah Brown- Artist Biography
Leah Brown, the designer of this Larimar jewelry moved to the Outerbanks of North Carolina nine years ago. Since she was an infant, Leah’s family has lived on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She visited Nags Head each year and stayed at her family’s beach cottage that was built by her grandfather in 1934. The wood for the house was harvested from their property around the Newbold-White House in Hertford, NC. Leah’s mother, Nita Newbold brown was born and raised there and in 1973 her family gave the site to the State of NC where it was restored to its original Quaker splendor as the oldest brick house in North Carolina.
It was in the Caribbean where Leah fell in love with the Larimar gemstone. It’s magnificent shades of blue reminiscent of the colors of the sea found in the waters of her tropical paradise. The stone is found only one place in the world, in an extinct volcano located deep in the Caribbean. Leah began working with Larimar over 15 years ago and was one of the first to introduce Larimar jewelry to the East Coast of the United States. She loves the beauty and character of the semi-precious stone and believes it to be very powerful. Enjoy your cherished piece of the Caribbean and see what it can do for you!
Larimar is a recently discovered ocean blue gemstone from a remote mountain region in the Caribbean (Santa Domingo). The Gemological Institute of America has identified Larimar as a blue pectolite found nowhere else in the world. The name Larimar was given by Miguel Mendez, a lapidary artisan who first worked with the gemstone. Lari is for Larissa, his daughter’s name, and Mar is the Spanish word for sea. These stones which resemble the various colors of the Caribbean waters, have white crystals or other “scenic” inclusions. High on the isolated mountain top, miners use only picks and shovels to work the deposits. Since the reserve of this stone is unknown, it could become more valuable with time.