Larimar is a form of blue Pectolite, a sodium calcium silicate mineral and occurs as needle like crystals, grown together in a solid mass.
The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Mining records show that in 1916 Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren requested permission to explore and exploit the mine of a certain blue rock he had discovered: the request was rejected. In 1974, in Hispaniola, Miguel Méndez and Norman Rilling rediscover Larimar on a beach. Natives, who believed the stone came from the sea, called the gem ‘Blue Stone’. Miguel took his young daughter’s name Larissa and the Spanish word for sea, ‘mar’ and formed Larimar.
Larimar is a spiritual stone that radiates love and peace and promotes tranquility. Psychologically, Larimar removes self-imposed blockages and constraints. It dissolves self-sabotaging behaviour, especially with a tendency towards martyrdom, and assists taking control of life. It is particularly useful for alleviating guilt and removing fear. When moving through periods of stress and inevitable change, it enables challenges to me met with equanimity.
Mentally, Larimar brings serenity and clarity, and constructive thought. It stimulates creativity and encourages ‘going with the flow’. It is an antidote to emotional extremes and is said to ameliorate bipolar disorders.
Larimar is said to help overcome fear of doctors! Also believed to be helpful for chest, throat and head pains, infections and fevers.
Sources: Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea.
Hardness: 4.5 – 5
Empowerment: I can heal myself and the situation.