Dreamy, mesmerizing larimar is known by different names: "dolphin stone" for the charming and intelligent ocean creature, "Caribbean gemstone" for its waves of ocean-blue color reminiscent of the waters near the Dominican Republic beach where it was found, and most commonly, "Atlantis stone" for the belief by some that the Dominican Republic now stands where the legendary City of Atlantis fell. Edgar Cayce, the most documented psychic of the 20th century who was often called the "sleeping prophet," once noted that part of Atlantis could be discovered in the Caribbean. In addition, he predicted that a blue stone with extraordinary healing powers would be found there.
Designing with Larimar
The Power of the Stone
Larimar was reportedly discovered in 1916 by Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren, but wasn't mined until decades later in 1974 when Dominican, Miguel Méndez, and Peace Corps volunteer, Norman Rilling, noticed a piece of larimar on the Barahonas province shoreline. Named for Miguel's daughter, Larissa, and "mar," the Spanish word for sea, larimar captures the exquisite beauty of the Caribbean Sea.
To date, the only known major deposits of larimar are found in the Dominican Republic where it was most likely treasured by the area's first inhabitants, the Taino Indians. The only known major larimar mine is in this remote, mountainous location in the Dominican province of Barahonas where locals still mine the stone from narrow crevices using primitive hand tools. There are some small mines where larimar is found in the United States and Canada.
Larimar is commonly believed to be a calming stone, offering many incredible healing powers. It is considered by some to aid in communication and is associated with the crown, heart, third eye and throat chakras. Many alternative and holistic healers use larimar for a variety of physical, emotional and spiritual healing practices.
Geological Properties/Scientific Description
Larimar is a rare blue variety of pectolite. The serene blue color results from the substitution of cobalt for calcium in the stone and varies from white and light-blue to green-blue and deep blue or "volcanic blue." With swirling bands of white, larimar mimics the wave crests of crystal blue Caribbean waters.
|Mineral Information||Pectolite with cobalt or blue pectolite|
|Appearance||White to Deep Blue--semi-transparent to opaque blue, mottled with white|
|Hardness||4-1/2 to 5 (Mohs)|
|Major Sources||Dominican Republic|
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