This 16” with 2” extender bead bar necklace is made with Larimar. Larimar is a very rare gemstone found only in one location: a single rainforest in a relatively inaccessible area in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic. The blue color can vary in intensity from very light to greenish-blue to deep sky blue, a perfect visual representation of the beautiful Caribbean ocean and island of Hispañola. A common practice for Larimar stones is to discard them even if they have the slightest imperfection. Much like the women in the workshop, Vida Plena sees beauty in imperfection, and celebrates each stone exactly as it was made in nature! Vida Plena offers micro-financing, artisan trade skills, and dignified employment for mothers in the Dominican Republic to provide for their families so their children can stay in school. The purchase of this necklace empowers those women!