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November 9, 2011



Dominican Republic Cooperative of Larimar

Producers & Processors

 Honors American Gem Dealer and Fellow Miner


November 17, 2011. Bahoruco, Barahona, Dominican Republic.


Charles Mark of Castle Rock, Colorado and Fort Lauderdale, Florida was elected as a full member and official Sole International Representative for the Larimar Miners Cooperative on October 15, 2011. Mark is the first and only non-Dominican member of the nationally-licensed Co-operativa controlling the limited mining and export flow of the precious sea-blue gemstone. Classified as ‘very rare’ by the Gemological Institute of America, true Larimar is only found deep within one remote volcanic hillside in the Dominican Republic.


Charles Mark received the membership award in person.

“I am proud, excited and happy to be invited into this remarkable group,” said Mark during a recent interview. “This is a great honor for me. I’ve worked hand-in-hand with these brave souls for over 26 years, and I find them to possess natural integrity and a certain uncommon courage. Larimar would have remained obscure had it not been for these skilled miners and their families. They live their lives for this stone.”

Since 1985, Mark’s companies, Mountain-Mark Trading Ltd ® and Larimar--La Joya del Caribe SA®, have pioneered Larimar marketing and remain the key source for international retailers.


Often serving as a speaker for the Gemological Institute of America, Mark’s scientific gemological exhibits of Larimar/Blue Pectolite and scholarly contributions to international media coverage in the USA, Japan and Europe, have cultivated the gemstone’s worldwide desirability and reputation.


Charles Mark is a larger-than-life presence on the annual international gem show circuit. Mountain-Mark Trading’s show venues include:  Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the Munich Gem and Mineral events, Tokyo International Mineral Association shows, Denver Gem, Mineral & Fossil; Sainte Marie-aux-Mines/EuroMineral France, and the annual Barcelona Gem & Mineral Show in Spain.


In 2011, the Mountain-Mark Trading Ltd head office and lapidary workshop relocated to Castle Rock, Colorado after 30 years in Mark's birthplace of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


 “Pioneering is a family trait. Mining, gemstones, people

and travel are my passions."




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Charles Mark

Mountain-Mark Trading Ltd

PO Box 845

Castle Rock, Colorado 80104

Phone: 954-439-5050




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