Location of Gem Origin: Madagascar
The mineral dolomite was named after the French mineralogist Déodat de Dolomieu. On a research trip through the Alps, he found limestones in 1791 which, when drizzled with dilute cold acid, did not rust out and scored worse than lime. The term "Dolomia" first appeared in a more precise chemical analysis in the laboratory. Through further research reports, the German name "Dolomite" became more and more popular and later extended to the entire first find area, the Dolomites.