Larimar Variety of the Mineral Blue Pectolite
The stone larimar is a variety of 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 rare material is left available mine.
Larimar which is a beautiful blue and white coloured stone is sometimes referred to as the 'gem of the Caribbean'. This is not only because of where it's found but also because the stone's colour and markings resemble the Caribbean Sea. A spiritual master once claimed the islands in the Caribbean were part of the lost continent of Atlantis and one day would produce a blue stone with the power to heal. In the belief this was a reference to larimar, the name Atlantis Stone is also sometimes used.
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 mine and requested access which was denied. He subsequently returned home to Spain. No further information is available on 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'.
Healing Properties of Larimar
Larimar which is used as a decorative material grades 5 to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness. It's highly sought after for use in alternative therapies such as crystal healing and may be used to balance extremes of emotion, encourage tolerance, relax conscious awareness and to broaden experience of space and time. Larimar 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 the stone pinpoints the site of disease and clears meridians.