Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Kilo of Happiness!

I got a kilo of happiness in the mail today!

No no no. Not that kind of kilo. Although it did come from a tropical island!

If you've visited my web site or read this blog, you know that I love, love, LOVE larimar. Larimar is a rare blue gemstone found in only one square kilometer of the world -- in the Dominican Republic. Larimar is a volcanic rock, and since it's in such a limited area, it won't be around forever.

It's not often that you find jewelry made with larimar beads. There's a lot of wasted stone when cutting beads, so it makes sense that they aren't readily available. I feel lucky to have a source.

The other day I emailed my supplier and asked if any beads had come in (last time I'd asked, in February, he'd said there wouldn't be any until September, but I figured there was no harm in asking). He said no, and he doubted there would be any at all until late next year.

Panic mode. No no no.

And then Divine Intervention -- it must have been. Because he said, "Oh wait. I do have a kilo sitting here of all random beads that never made it onto strands. You want 'em?"

Heck yes I wanted them.

Three days later, FedEx arrived, and I poured them out into a big serving bowl. Aaaaaaaah.

I don't know why, but I dearly love to sort beads. So not only is this a mega mother lode of larimar beads, but I get to sort and string and weigh and it will be an enormous pleasure.

However, I'm not looking at my credit card bill for a while.


  1. These are gorgeous! I'm going to the Dominican Republic next week, but expecting to see nothing but tourist prices on larimar. Better to find an importer I think (but maybe I'm wrong!)

  2. Oh wow!! See now that's not nice, posting pictures like that when I have no way of getting hold of those little treasures! ;-) They are SO PRETTY!!

  3. Wow! They are beautiful! Lucky you.
    Hi my name is Mei. I just stumble across your blog and I like what I see here.

  4. I knew we were separated at birth...


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