Larimar is a relatively new healing stone whose healing properties have only recently begun to be explored. As such, it was not including in any ancient or medieval lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. It was discovered in the 20th century and thus far has only been found in the Dominican Republic. It has two histories, one official and one legendary.
Larimar was first documented in 1916 when Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren, asked permission to explore and mine a blue stone he had found in his Barahona Parish, in the southern part of the country. The Dominican Republican Ministry of Mining rejected his request, and the matter was all but forgotten.
Sixty years later, the blue stone was rediscovered by local resident, Miguel Mendez, and Peace Corps volunteer, Norman Rilling, while they were walking along the beach. The beach stones had been deposited by the Bahoruco River, and by following it upstream they found the primary source, which is today the Los Chupaderos Mine. Miguel Mendez decided to name the pretty blue stone Larimar, a fusion of his daughter Larissa’s name and mar, the Spanish word for sea. Today, Larimar is one of the most expensive and desirable semi-precious gemstones.