Larimar is a unique variety of pectolite, which is a stone with an unusual fibrous formation.
Pectolite is a rather common mineral, but a very rare gemstone. It is one of the lesser-known gemstones and is classified primarily as a collector's stone. Pectolite was first described after an occurrence was found in 1828 at Monte Baldo in the Italian Alps. Its name comes from the Greek words 'pektos' and 'lithos', meaning 'compacted' and 'stone'. Most pectolite gemstones are opaque and gray to green in color, although especially fine quality materials can occur transparent to translucent.
Gem-quality light-blue colored pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic. Blue pectolite is more popularly marketed as 'Larimar', a trademarked name for a variety of pectolite colored by copper and manganese. Green pectolite is sometimes traded as 'Larimar' since it's considered more valuable, but it should be blue to be marketed as 'Larimar'.
The copper substitution in Pectolite instead of calcium produces beautiful translucent shades of soft blues, white and turquoise marked with streaks and patterns of white and may contain red or brown areas of oxidation or Hematite inclusions. The more intense the blue and contrast within the stone, the rarer and higher its value.
Larimar is also known as the Dolphin Stone, Atlantis Stone, and Stefilia's Stone. Originally discovered in 1916, it was named by the Dominican Miguel Méndez who re-discovered it in 1974, taking the first letters of his daughter's name, Larissa, and the Spanish word for the sea, mar, to create Larimar.
Larimar is not known to be treated or enhanced in any way.
Larimar is extremely effective when worn as jewellery, especially as a necklace, due to its connection with the throat chakra.
Larimar is a crystal of serenity, promoting relaxation in every aspect. It is a wonderful stone to use for all manner of anxiety related to emotional issues, such as that caused by relationships, social anxiety, guilt, or anxiety caused by “thinking bad thoughts.”
Larimar is a wonderful stone for mothers, during and after pregnancy. It helps in alleviating post-partum depression, and relaxes the stress associated with new parenthood.
Larimar relieves high blood pressure and stress-related illnesses and may also be used to treat skin disorders aggravated by stress.