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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

Many jewelry artists incorporate polished freeform larimar pendants and cabochons into necklaces and create earrings with larimar rounds and chips. Freeform larimar stones can be used in wire-wrapped designs such as necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. Commonly seen paired with sterling silver, larimar gemstones are equally as gorgeous when paired with gold, copper and antiqued metals.

The Power of the Stone

History/Background

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.

Occurrence

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.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

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 InformationPectolite with cobalt or blue pectolite
Chemical CompositionNaCa2Si3O8(OH)
AppearanceWhite to Deep Blue--semi-transparent to opaque blue, mottled with white
Hardness4-1/2 to 5 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity2.81
Refractive Index1.599-1.628
Major SourcesDominican Republic

Proper Care

As larimar is a soft stone, rough handling, heat and chemicals should be avoided. Clean the gemstone with warm, soapy water. Steamers and ultrasonic cleaners should be avoided.

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.


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