Larimar is a beautiful rare blue~green variety of pectolite that comes from the Dominical Republic in the Caribbean. First discovered in the early 1900s by a priest, he requested permission to gather the stones but the ruler of the DR rejected the request.
It was re-discovered in the 1970s by Dominican Miguel Méndez. According to legend, Méndez found the stone while out looking for lost cattle and was struck by the unusual blue color of the stone, which he had never seen before. He brought the stone home to his wife, who named it "larimar" after their daughter's name, Larissa, and the Spanish word for sea, "mar."
Méndez and his friend Norman Rilling founded the Larimar Mine to begin mining the it for use in jewelry, which is still in operation today. The mine is located in the Los Chupaderos sector of the Bahoruco Mountains and is the only known source of larimar in the world.
Larimar is primarily used in jewelry and decorative items. It's beautiful shade of blue with white markings makes it a popular choice for pendants, rings, earrings and other accessories. Because of its rarity it is considered a semi-precious stone and can cost a pretty penny.
Associated with ancient Taino folklore, the indigenous people of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. According to Taino legend, Duho, goddess of the sea, lived deep in the ocean and was guardian of the precious blue stone, which was believed to have fallen from the sky. The Tainos believed that the blue stone was a gift from the gods and that it held powerful healing properties.
Legend tells of a young Taino girl named Anacaona, who had the ability to heal people with the use of a blue stone. She was said to have lived in a cave in the Bahoruco Mountains, where she would heal the sick and injured with the help of the blue stone. Some people believe that this blue stone was larimar and that it holds powerful healing properties.
Called the Dolphin Stone, larimar is considered a powerful healing stone, regarded as a stone of truth and inner wisdom, and believed to enhance communication and self-expression. Some other metaphysical properties are: