Larimar which is the gemstone form of the mineral blue pectolite 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 sure exactly how much of this relatively rare mineral is left available to mine or whether or access to what's left will even be possible for much longer.
This striking mineral 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 seem to 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 they would produce a blue mineral with the power to heal. Believing this was a reference to the gemstone 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 to it but his request was declined. He subsequently returned to Spain. There is no further information on either the mine or larimar until the mid 1950's at which time it came to light that the inhabitants of a small fishing village were collecting fragments of a blue stone that was being washed up onto the beach. It was another twenty years before anyone took enough notice to investigate further and when they did, it was an artist from a nearby village who had been using it for his work who started searching for the source. He subsequently named the mineral partly after his daughter Larissa and partly after the Spanish word for 'sea' which is 'mar'.
Highly sought after for use in crystal healing, larimar 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 it pinpoints the site of disease and clears meridians.
Widely used as a lapidary material, larimar grades 5 to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Larimar by Wikipedia