Larimar and its Healing Properties
Larimar is a unique gemstone with a fantastic story behind it. It’s an uncommon type of pectolite, which is a silicate mineral that is found only in the Dominican Republic. It’s easily recognizable by its light-blue color, but other varieties are deep blue and blue-green, all reminiscent of the stunning views of the Caribbean sky and sea in the DR. It’s no wonder that it’s associated with the dolphin and the creature’s wisdom and playfulness.
In 1974, Miguel Mendez, a Dominican artisan, heard about some rare blue stones along the Southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Curious to learn more, he traveled to the area, accompanied by Norman Rilling, a Peace Corps volunteer geologist. After much exploration, they found the rare blue mineral on the coast of Barahona. Miguel combined his daughter’s name, Larissa, with the Spanish word for sea, ‘mar’, and named the mineral ‘Larimar’.
Many Dominicans use larimar as a lucky charm. Luck aside, let’s talk about other unique ways in which this gemstone can benefit you.