L is for Larimar
Larimar is a blue variety of the semi-precious gemstone Pectolite. However, not a rare mineral or gemstone, and found throughout the world, except from the exquisite sea-blue color exhibited in the Larimar variety found only in the Dominican Republic.
It’s color varies from white, light blue to green blue streaked with white patterns that resemble sunlight dancing beneath the Caribbean waters. Larimar is also called "stefilia's stone".
Originally discovered in 1916 by the Spanish, then re-discovered and made a big appearance in 1974 when Norman Rilling of the Peace Corp and Miguel Mendez found pieces on the seashore. Miguel decided to name it after his daughter Larissa and the Spanish word for water “mar” and came up with Larimar.
The stone was found in an inaccessible mountaineer area in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic.
Larimar is said to enlighten and heal physical in an emotional, mental and spiritual way.
It is said to be a healing stone.
Larimar is a 4.5-5 on the hardness scale and because of its clusters of needle-like inclusions extra care is required when cleaning and caring for the stone.
When cleaning, wipe down with a soft cloth using warm water and mild soap. Rinse well to remove excess soap. Avoid harsh chemicals and cleaners that may corrode the stone.
- Ester Edry