Larimar is a rare and exotic gemstone, only mined in the Dominican Republic. It is most commonly a blue stone, but can also be found in red, black, white and green. Larimar comes in many colors of blues and greens; all the different colors of the ocean. There is red Larimar which is actually copper. Some stones are silky in texture and some have pronounced patterns of blues, greens and whites. To this day the miners still use primitive tools such as picks, shovels, wheelbarrows and hammers to mine the Larimar. The only modern items used are electricity to provide light and an air pump. The quantity of Larimar left in the mines is unknown, which makes the supply of Larimar very rare.
HISTORY OF LARIMAR
Larimar is found in an old volcano in the southwest mountain region of the Dominican Republic, in a town called Barahona, overlooking the Caribbean Ocean. It is the only known place on earth where Pectolite is found in the color blue. Its hardness ranging from 4 to 7 on the Mohs scale. It was initially discovered in the early 1900s by a Spanish Priest, but never mined. In 1974 it was rediscovered in the volcano by American Peace Corp volunteers; Norman Rilling and Miguel Mendez, whilst working in the area. Residents would find small blue rocks on the beaches and thought it had come from the Ocean, but they had actually been washing down the rivers to the Ocean from the volcano. The name of Larimar is a combination of Miguel Mendez's daughters' name LARIssa and "Mar" the Spanish word for sea.
This beautiful blue stone is considered a healing stone, increasing speech and communication skills and supporting the body's natural healing process. Lovers of the stone who believe in it spiritual qualities have been known to wear stone as jewelry, put pieces of the stone in their pockets and even under their pillow. Some may even under their pillow. Some may even consider the stone as a good luck charm and never leave home without it.
Larimar is also called the Atlantis Stone. A spiritual master who lived in Trinidad and Tobago founded many of the Yoga centers around the world had once claimed that some islands in the Caribbean including the Dominican Republic were part of the lost continent of Atlantis. He went further to state that upon one of those islands, a blue stone with healing powers would be found; a description that only corresponds to the stone of Larimar.
Larimar is an active throat chakra stone, that has a vibration that assists clear communication. This energy will quicken your contact with the Goddess. By accessing the Divine Feminine you may soothe and heal your emotions and release stress. This is a highly spiritual stone that works effectively within all of the chakras from the heart chakra through to the crown chakra. It has a distinct vibration that aids you to communicate with clarity, and because of its heart based energy it helps you to speak of your emotions. It helps to dissolve emotional barriers and to release stored negative emotions such as angry thoughts, remembered pain and other detrimental emotions that are not benefiting you.