Connect to Goddess energies and your own Divinity.
Nurture, value, and love yourself deep and truly.
Manifest your life purpose with wisdom and joy.
Be relaxed and confident while living in the moment.
Let Larimar free the goddess within!
Mineralogy of Larimar
Mineral Family: Single-Chain Inosilicates
Chemical Composition: NaCa2Si3O8(OH)
Crystal System: Triclinic
Luminescence: Yellowish-orange (short wave)
Transparency: Translucent, opaque
Location: Larimar is found exclusively in the Dominican Republic.
Mineral Family: Larimar is the blue variety of the mineral Pectolite, which is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar.
Formation: Larimar is a type of Blue Pectolite found only in the Domincan Republic. It was formed when volcanic igneous rocks erupted within the limestone on the southern coast of the island. The resulting disruption left cavities in the stones which were later filled by a variety of minerals, including Pectolite. Larimar grows in clumps of needle-like crystals which meld together into a solid mass. The blue color comes from the addition of Cobalt. Larimar often has inclusions of red-brown Hematite.
Mining: Mined at both the primary deposit and secondary alluvial deposits. The primary deposit is the Los Chupaderos Mine, upstream of the Bahorocu River. However, some Larimar is mined directly from the river, which naturally tumbles and polishes the stones, making the bright blue Larimar stand out in start contrast to the rest of dark gravel in the riverbed.
Enhancements: Because Larimar is in high demand and rare, it is no surprise that synthetic or fake Larimar is on the market. Real Larimar is expensive and so “cheap” Larimar should always be suspect.
Synonyms: Blue Pectolite, Stefilia’s Stone, Dolphin Stone
History of Larimar
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.
Where the “official” history of Larimar ends, legend takes over. For many people, Larimar is a stone intimately connected to the Lost Civilization of Atlantis, as the fabled “blue stone” described by Edger Cayce (1877-1945), one of the Fathers of the New Age Movement. The famous psychic and clairvoyant wrote many books on the history of Atlantis and its spiritual reemergence. He believed that the souls of Atlanteans were being reincarnated and would bring about a New Age of Light. Cayce was nicknamed the “Sleeping Prophet” because he gave his readings while in a trance state.
In his books, Cayce described many crystals associated with Atlantis, including Amethyst, Bloodstone, Jade, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, and Topaz. Cayce believed that some of the Caribbean islands had once belonged to the Atlantis Continent. In one of his trances, he spoke of a “blue stone” with extraordinary healing powers that would be found in the Caribbean. After its rediscovery in 1970s, Larimar was quickly linked to Cayce’s prophecy and unsurprisingly has sometimes been sold under the name “Atlantis Stone.” As a result, Larimar has become one of the most sought-after stones of the New Age and many skilled crystal intuitives have had a chance to work with it and explore its beautiful powers. (Learn more in the Healing tab.)
Healing Properties of Larimar
Spiritual: Larimar evokes the Goddess and is a powerful symbol of the Divine Feminine. It teaches us to love, honor, and nurture ourselves. Larimar helps us to create a strong internal foundation, a platform from which we can serve the wider world. Larimar gently shows that we do not have to play the part of a martyrs in our own lives. No sacrifice is necessary or desired! Instead, we are simply given opportunities to help others and to help ourselves. When we choose to help, Larimar invites us to do so with a joyful heart. Larimar is attuned to the Heart and Throat Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Leo. It is connected to the elements Wind and Fire and vibrates to the numbers 6 and 55. It is also closely connected to the lost civilization of Atlantis and the reemergence of a New Age.
Emotional: Larimar’s energy is one of deep compassion and love, and can help to inspire true self-confidence and deep emotional healing. Its calm and soothing energy can help reduce stress, anxiety, and phobias, as well as feelings related to shame or guilt. Larimar’s empowering energy can be turned inward to increase our capacity for self-love and our ability to handle change. It can also be turned outward, helping us to be less judgmental towards others or inclined to take things personally. Larimar encourages us to step into our Personal Power and live our Highest Purpose. It teaches us to let go of the people and beliefs that limit us and instead focus on surrounding ourselves with whatever nurtures our heart and soul. Larimar can be used to attract soulmates, both romantic and platonic, and can help us move past emotional trauma and love again.
Mental: Larimar is a wonderful stone for working on our communication skills. In particular, Larimar can help us to consciously explore our emotions and find words to describe how we are feeling and what we need in order to be happy and at peace. It encourages creativity, constructive thinking, and positive problem-solving. It also teaches us when to just “let things be,” and to allow events to unfold without meddling. Larimar is a particularly fine talisman for teachers, writers, singers, and sound therapists. It is a very relaxing stone, useful for meditation purposes as well as finding work-life balance.
Physical: Larimar has been used by metaphysical healers to sooth stress-related illnesses, including high blood pressure, cold and flu symptoms, and headaches. It is commonly used throughout pregnancy, particularly during labor and the postpartum period. It is said to relieve postpartum depression and encourage mother-child bonding. Larimar also can helps us to make decisions about our own healthcare needs and to actively take part in our own self healing.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Larimar
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Gem Dealer sells to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and Lapidary are in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Larimar comes from a small mine in the Dominican Republic.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Larimar was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Larimar Tumbled Stone
Color: Bright blue, with light-blue and green-blue markings. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Larimar
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