The Beauty of Larimar a Dominican Treasure
Larimar is found in only one old volcano in the southwest mountain area of the Dominican Republic 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 Mendez 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 Mendez'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. 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.