History of Larimar
Larimar is found in an old volcano in the southwest mountain area of the Dominican Republic in a town called Barahona over looking the Caribbean Sea. It is the only known place on earth where pectolite is found in the color blue. Its hardness ranging from 4 to 7 on the Mohs scale.
It was initially discovered early in the 1900’s by a Spanish priest but never mined. In 1974 it was rediscovered in the volcano by American Peace Corps volunteers Norman Rilling and Miguel Méndez while they were working in the area. Residents use to find it on the beaches and thought that it came from the sea. Broken off pieces had been washing down the river to the sea from the volcano. The name Larimar is a combination of Miguel Méndez's daughter's name LARIssa, and "Mar" the Spanish word for sea.
Larimar comes in many colors of blues and greens, all the different colors of the sea. There is red larimar which is actually copper. Some stones are silky in texture and some have pronounced patterns of blues, greens and whites. To this day the miners still use primitive tools such as picks, shovels and hammers to dig in the mines. The only modern items they have to work with are electricity and a air pump. Many miners have lost their lives during rainy season due to flooding and mud slides in search of the stone. The quantity of Larimar left in the mines is unknown, which makes the supply of Larimar uncertain.
Larimar is also known as the Love Stone, Dolphin Stone and Atlantis stone. Many people believe that the area where Larimar is found is part of the lost city of Atlantis. It is also said to have healing powers for the throat Chakra area and also heals in a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ways.