Larimar or blue pectolite is an extremely rare gemstone. It has only been found in one location: a mountainous, relatively inaccessible area in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic.
In 1974, Norman Rilling, a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, and Miguel Méndez, a Dominican, bits of Larimar on the coast. The word Larimar was coined by Mendez, who combined his daughter Larissa's name with the Spanish world for sea, Mar.
Before Mendez and Rilling, the local inhabitants of the region and their ancestors had known about the stone for a long time. Early theories suggested that Larimar was produced by the sea, later by the volcanic movements of the Earth. Residents of the Dominican Republic said that the larimar stones could easily be collected on the beach, but one day there were no blue Larimar stones left.
The locals explored upstream and found a rock formation, which turned out to be the source of the bluestone. Mendez and Rilling would follow a river upstream in 1974 and find the sources of the bluestone.
The rock is formed when hot gases push crystallized minerals up through volcanic 'tubes'. To mine and excavate, the stone miners must identify these tubes and dig deeper and deeper into ancient volcanoes. Larimar is most commonly used to make jewelry, but it is also used to make beads and decorative items.
The Caribbean Gem
Larimar is considered a healing stone and is said to be finely tuned to the human body, especially in the area of the throat (chakra). It is said to improve speech and communication skills and support the body's natural healing process. Believers in this are known to wear Larimar jewelry or put pieces of Larimar in their pockets or under their pillows.
Larimar would help us see events from a different perspective; it soothes, illuminates and heals in a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual way, stimulates the heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras and facilitates inner wisdom and outer manifestation. It represents peace and clarity that radiates healing and love energy. It is recommended for people who are stressed. It is said to be a healing stone.
Emotional and spiritual characteristics of larimar:
Rest & Balance
Supports self-confidence, well-being and awareness
A calming stone
Very suitable for meditation
Physical: Larimar stimulates the self-healing capacity of the body. It removes blockages and opens the various meridians. The stone protects against bone weakening, inflammation, stiff muscles and problems around the neck and back.
Larimar is also called the Atlantis Stone, because a spiritual teacher who lived in Trinidad and Tobago and who founded many yoga centers around the world, claimed that some islands in the Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, were part of the lost continent Atlantis. He went on to say that on one of those islands a blue stone with healing powers would be found - a description that matches Larimar. Today, thousands of people, naturalists, and practitioners of alternative and holistic medicine use Larimar to support and enhance healing processes.
The beautiful blue color of Larimar is often considered to be the epitome of the beautiful blue colors of the sea and sky in the Caribbean. Its origin and appearance have made it popularly known as the Caribbean gemstone
Larimar jewelry is very popular in the Caribbean. You can find it processed in necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. We at Zendro are proud to offer this beautiful jewelry in the Netherlands and Belgium. Take a look at our range to find your beautiful larimar jewelry!
NB! Larimar does not tolerate sunlight well. Too much sun exposure can fade the beautiful blue color.
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