A little Larimar stone history
As the best-kept secret of the Caribbean, Dominican Republic has all the resources necessary to be identified as a tropical paradise: beaches with different sand and sea water colors, lush vegetation, rivers, mountain ranges, with the highest peak of the Caribbean (3,098 m), lakes, among with the Enriquillo Lake with the lowest point (29m below sea level) in the Caribbean, as well as, all sorts of caves.
But there is something more we are gifted with: A unique treasure, a pectolite with blue colors only obtainable in the Dominican Republic, the only source for this stone named Larimar by its second discoverer Miguel Mendez Larimar, a combination of Larissa, his daughter’s name, and mar, the Spanish word for Sea.
Its first discoverer was a Spanish priest by the name of Miguel D. Fuentes L., who did not succeed in arousing interest in this treasure. In the seventies, Mr. Mendez, together with his co-discoverer Norman Rilling were impressed by this stone. They had it analyzed by the Smithsonian Institute, where they identified it as a pectolite with a unique blue color; it has a hardness of 4.5 - 5 on the Mohs scale; considered as a semi-precious stone.
Is it healing properties?
Yes! The Larimar stone has been attributed with healing properties of different kinds. Customers who believe this, wear Larimar jewelry, where the stone is in contact with the body, or put Larimar nuggets in their pockets or even under their pillows! The additional names given to this stone related to its healing properties are Atlantis Stone and Dolphin Stone, connecting this stone to the lost continent of Atlantis.
The psychic and prophet Edgar Cayce (1877 - 1945), predicted once that a “blue stone” with extraordinary healing attributes would be found on an island in the Caribbean, where he believed part of Atlantis could also be found. Stefilia’s stone is another name given to the Larimar Stone!
Unique colors on our precious Larimar stone
The captivating beauty of Larimar with its wide variety of light to deep ocean and sea blues, as well as, green-blue hues, with patterns designed by nature like shore breaks of white or light blue colors, achieving unique appearances, has stolen the hearts of many and making it attractive to investors.
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