Larimar, also called Stefilia’s Stone, is a rare blue variety of Pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic, one of the Greater Antilles. Its color varies from white, light-blue, green-blue to deep blue.
Miguel Méndez and Norman Rilling rediscovered Larimar in 1974 on a beach at the foot of the Bahoruco Mountain. I say rediscovered because according to records in the Dominican Republic, Father Miguel Domingo discovered it in 1916 and was denied permission to mine the blue rock he had found. The natives believed that the stone came from the sea, and they called the gem Blue Stone. Miguel took his young daughter’s name Larissa and the Spanish word for sea (mar) and formed Larimar.
The use of Larimar was almost exclusive to the Caribbean and I learned of the stone very early in my life. A cousin was married to a Dominican woman and she gave my grandmother a pair of earrings in Larimar. My grandmother treasured them and after her passing, they came to me. I too treasure the beautiful blues and have always been drawn to them.
I now know why. Larimar is said to help us to view events from a different perspective. It enlightens and heals in a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual way. It stands for peace and clarity and radiates healing and love energy. Visit the Larimar Museum in the Dominican Republic. If you can’t visit, check out the Museum online. Although their information is scarce, they have some nice pictures and a shop.
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