Larimar Stone | Meaning and Properties
Larimar Stone from Dominican Republic
Larimar is a gemstone that comes from blue pectolite, a mineral that 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 anything that is left will even be possible for very much longer.
This beautiful 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 of its colour and markings which 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 the stone is 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 larimar mine and requested access which was denied. He subsequently returned home to Spain. No further information is available on either the mine or the stone until the mid 1950's when fragments washed up on the beach started being collected by inhabitants of a local 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 after his daughter Larissa and 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 space and time. It awakens inner wisdom when moving through periods of stress and change and enables challenges to be met whilst staying level headed. Larimar draws you closer to your soul mate and helps to heal heartache and pain from relationships. When used in reflexology it pinpoints the site of disease and clears meridians.
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