Larimar is a rare blue colored gem of the mineral pectolite, found in Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Island. Pectolite is an acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium. The blue color of larimar is due to the deposit of copper substitution for calcium. The composition of this blue stone is often contains calcite and hematite. Its color can vary from white to light blue, and from medium sky to volcanic blue. It is also called as “stefilia’s” stone.

The history of Larimar is based on many legends and stories. The most important outcrop of blue pectolite is found at Los Chupaderos about 10 kilometers southwest of city Barahona, of the Dominican Republic. It was originally discovered in 1916 by a Spanish priest. But, it was mined in the year 1974 by the American Peace Corps volunteer, Norman Rilling. It was rediscovered by a Dominican Miguel Mendez.

Larimar Origin and Gemstone Source
The only source of this gem is the Filipinas mines in Los Checheses, located in the Dominican Republic. Its deposit is surface of hot gases push crystallized mineral bought up by the volcanic chimneys or tubes. In some cases, it may be found as sediment on the shore of Caribbean Island washed up as alluvial deposit.

Larimar Gemology
Color-Blue, Blue-Green, Gray, or Red with White
Appearance-Translucent, smooth, with whorls of color or white veins showing through the base color. Often small to medium, tumbled.
Rarity-Easily obtained
Source-Dominican Republic, Bahamas
Category- Triclinic, pinacoidal
Mohs scale hardness- 4.5 to 5|
Formula- NaCa2Si3O8 (OH)

Benefits and Metaphysical properties
Larimar is one of the “spiritual stones” that opens to new dimensions, stimulating evolution of the earth. It radiates love and peace and promotes tranquility. It effortlessly induces a deep meditative state. It naturally raises consciousness and harmonizes body and soul to new vibrations. Spiritually, It empowers the spiritual self. It facilitates angelic contact and communication with other realms. It is an excellent stone for seeking soul mate and it facilitates the healing of past-life relationship on heart trauma.

Mentally, Larimar brings serenity and clarity and constructive thought. It stimulates and encourages self confidence and self-esteem. Emotionally, it brings calmness and equilibrium. It is an antidote to emotional extremes. It heals trauma of the heart and reconnects to natural playfulness and joyful childlike energy.

Larimar in Gems Therapy
Larimar stimulates third eye, heart crown, and throat chakra, and promotes self-healing. It is particularly helpful for cartilage and throat conditions, dissolving energy blockages in the chest, head, and neck. It can also be laid on constricted joints or blocked arteries. If placed on painful point, it draws out pain. Used as a reflexology tool.

Larimar Jewelry
It is an extremely rare gem. This is soft, so it is rarely used in jewelry. Most Larimar is studded in silver, while more high quality gem can be studded along with white and gold gemstones. Pendants, bangles and bracelets are most popular, followed by earrings and various beads of necklace and hair pins.

The six key steps in Examining a Larimar Gemstone
Whenever possible, examine stones unmounted.
Make sure the gem is clean.
Hold the unmounted stone so that your fingers touch only the girdle.
View the gem under proper lightning.
Rotate the stone in order to view it from different angel.



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