Larimar Stone | Meaning and Properties



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Larimar Stone from Dominican Republic

Larimar is a gemstone from the mineral blue pectolite which can only be found on the island of Hispaniola in the Dominican Republic.  The mine is located in a remote mountainous region and it's not known for certain exactly how much of this relatively rare stone is left available or whether access to what is available will even be possible for much longer.

This distinctive blue and white stone is sometimes referred to as the 'gem of the Caribbean' not only because of where it's found but also because its colour and markings resemble the Caribbean Sea.  It was once claimed by a spiritual master that the islands in the Caribbean were part of the lost continent of Atlantis and one day would produce a blue mineral with the power to heal.  Believing this was a reference to larimar, the stone is also sometimes referred to as Atlantis Stone.

The first official record of larimar was made in 1916 but it's likely to have been known by the Taíno Indians who inhabited the islands for a thousand years before Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World. The record came about when a Spanish missionary looking for gold and other precious materials discovered the mine and requested access but it was denied and he subsequently returned to Spain.  No further information is available on either the mine or the stone until the mid 1950's when fragments washed up onto the beach started being collected by inhabitants of a small small fishing village.  It was another twenty years before an artist who had been using larimar for his work discovered its source and subsequently named it partly after his daughter Larissa and partly after the Spanish word for 'sea' which is 'mar'.



Larimar in Crystal Healing

Larimar which is widely used as a lapidary material grades 5 to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.  It's also highly sought after for use in crystal healing and is said to help balance extremes of emotion, encourage tolerance, relax conscious awareness and broaden experience of time and space.  It awakens inner wisdom when moving through periods of stress and change and enables challenges to be met whilst staying level headed.  It draws you closer to your soul mate and helps to heal heartache and pain from relationships.  When used in reflexology larimar pinpoints the site of disease and clears meridians.



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