Larimar was originally discovered in the year 1916 in Bahoruco/Barahona,
south west of the Dominican Republic, by the Spanish born priest Miguel
Domingo Fuertes Loren, who reported this discovery to the Archbishop Nouel
in Santo Domingo. No mining action was taken at that time. It was not
until 1974 that the American Peace Corps Volunteer, Norman Rilling. and
the Dominican, Miguel Mendez, rediscovered this stone on the beaches of
Barahona close to the alluvial of the river Bahoruco.
stone was analyzed by several geologists, also by the Smithsonian
Institute in USA, and they all agreed that it has a volcanic origin and
belongs to the group of the pectolite with the exception, that this is the
only blue pectolite found until now. The mines are located in the
mountains of Bahoruco, approx 7 km above the Caribbean Sea level, in the
province of Barahona, south west of the Dominican Republic. Most mining is
open pit, with miners using only pick, shovel and hammer to break the
weathered basalt in search of this pectolite, effort are being made by the
Dominican Government to modernize the mining system.
available quantity in the mines is unknown, which makes the supply of
Larimar uncertain in the long run. This semi-precious stone was named
after Mr. Mendez’s daughter “LARISSA” (Lari) and the Spanish word
for sea “Mar”. Like the Caribbean Sea Larimar reflects the different
blue colors, from deep to light shades and jade green, often sparkled with
the white and gray colors of the clouds in the sky, peppered now and then
with red dendrites
crystallization of the mineral happened when the blue pectolite or larimar
was pushed into the "tubes" or "chimneys" of the
volcano by the hot gases and the incandescent matter. For this reason, the
localization of the mineral and its subsequent extraction depend on the
identification of theses tubes.
its exploitation forces the miner to excavate deeper and deeper
into the old vulcano, until today these holes transformed into a
true network of tunnel mines.
travel to the mines of Larimar is an extraordinay experience. The
place appears after a long adventure ride on an off-road vehicle
over dirty and stony roads, in a village that brings memories of
centuries past long ago.
wells or holes are all around, look like open craters in the mountain and
the miners appear from afar as small busy ants in their tasks.
are several factors typically used to grade the stone, with color and
patterning being the primary ones:
Color – the deeper, "volcanic" blues are considered to be
Patterning – the richer, more interesting, the better.
Luster - is it glossy?
Luminosity - does it seem to "glow" or have an inner light?
Clarity - is it free of obvious defects? (Pits, cracks, carbon deposits,
Translucence - can light pass thru a portion of the stone?
Chatoyance - a luminous band with a silky luster (like that typical of
There is no one particular factor that determines the grade; it is a
combination of factors. The depth of color alone may not "make or
break" the grade; the pattern and luminosity may bring up the grade
of a stone whose color may not be as deep as others.
With larimar, perhaps more than with any other gemstone, beauty is in the
eye of the beholder. Some prefer the very light blues of larimar, others
prefer larimar stones that tend towards the green, and while others prefer
larimar with mineral spots, some prefer larimar with no patterning at all.
In actuality, stones like those mentioned above cannot be classified as
AAA larimar (or probably even AA larimar). But, when selecting larimar,
the stone should speak to you. The stone you like the most is the stone
that's right for you, regardless of its grading or perceived quality.
Larimar is a very rare and unique semiprecious stone (blue pectolite) with
different color shades, mostly blue, which can be only found in the
mountains of Barahona, in my beautiful contry the Dominican Republic.It is
a result of vulcanic activity, which occurred many millions years ago.
It's crystalization took place when the volcanic lava was cooling off as
columns in the tubular chimneys, in which these pectolites, andesites,
basalts and other minerals formed.
The most popular outcrop of Larimar is at "Los chupaderos" about
10 kilometers of the city of Baharona in the south wester region of my
country. The first evidences of this mineral appeared in small rollings
that were found at beaches of Bahoruco.
But is in 1974 when a member of the United states Peace corp and a
Dominican volunteer named Miguel Mendez found the seashore and follow the
vestige upstream the Bahoruco river to "Los chupaderos".
However, there is constancy that already in 1916 the parish priest of
Barahona, mieguel Domingo Fuentes Loren, had applied to the Treasury
Department for the exploration privilege and the explotation of the mine,
but it never happened.
This stone received it's name by the Dominican Miguel Mendez, by combining
the name of his daughter LARIssa and MAR, the spanish word for sea, whose
color the stone resembles. This stone is also called ATLANTIS STONE.
The exquisite blue-green Caribbean waters of the Dominican Republic will
concur that this is an appropiate name for this beautiful stone.
Some people say that the Larimar or "Pectoliza Azul" alows an
open mind and release tension and stress, because of the free energy flow.
It is associated to the sky and the sea. It's colors ble and white
represents harmony between the air energies from the mind and thoughts;
and water, from the heart and emotions.
NOBODY KNOWS THE EXACT SIZE OF THE LARIMAR MINE, SO WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY
UNTIL WHEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET THIS PRECIOUS MINERAL, SO I'M PRETTY
SURE THAT ITS VALUE ITS EVEN HIGHER THAN THE ACTUAL PRICE. BUY THEM AND
KEEP THEM AS A PERSONAL TREASURE!
Larimar - Mystical and Magical! A rare and extraordinary form of blue
pectolite - Called by some as a "stone for Earth's healing." The
name LARIMAR was created by Miguel Mendez by flowing his daughter’s name
LARissa with the Spanish word for sea, MAR. Miguel, along with Norman
Rilling a Peace Corps volunteer to the Dominican Republic, discovered blue
pebbles along on the coast of Barahona in 1975. They followed the Bahoruco
river upstream until they reached an outcrop at Los Chupaderos. Since
then, the mining and refining of Larimar has brought a boon to local
artisans and helps to support a Caribbean basin economy.
A powerful healing stone, Larimar is finely tuned with the human body. It
has been used to stimulate the upper chakras (4th~7th), in particular the
Throat (5th) Chakra. Pendants, Necklaces and Earrings are especially well
suited for Larimar settings, bestowing wonderful, some would say, magical
benefits to the wearer. Speech, communication and the body's natural
healing processes are all enhanced.
Larimar’s beautiful blue color reflects "answers from the sea of
consciousness" while softening, enlightening and healing in physical,
emotional, and spiritual ways. Larimar has excellent energy for
communicating with dolphins, sea creatures of all kinds and is known as
the "Atlantis" stone. Emitting energy of Love, Larimar
represents peace and clarity.
Inspiring and assisting one toward improvement, one is calmed and able to
keep their energy collected allowing one to "see" events or the
true Self from a different perspective. Let the magic of Larimar endow
your higher beauty! You too deserve to be a Larimar Princess!