Thursday, February 13, 2014

Larimar Crystal; Properties, Meaning, and Uses (Stefilia’s Stone, Dolphin Stone, Blue Pectolite, Atlantis Stone)

Larimar
Larimar. Source: By Parent Géry [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons


Larimar


Larimar, so rich of a blue… absolutely mesmerizing… not too long ago I was pulled to purchase a few pieces of this stone. I did some research to see what makes this particular mineral so special, and wish to share my findings with you.


What is Larimar?


Larimar is a mineral which is primarily composed of pectolite. The main difference between larimar and other types of pectolite is its vivid blue coloring. It’s appropriate that its appearance, with its rich blue and sometimes greenish shades, is much like that of the sea and sky. This as the location it’s found in, being the Caribbean, would be likely to jump to mind when one sees it.

The white mottling throughout its varied patterns looks to be the sun’s reflection on the sea. With larimar’s mystical, mysterious resonance with water, it’s logical that it is linked in myth and lore to the lost continent of Atlantis, as well as to the dolphin. One reason that Atlantis is linked with this stone, is due to the fact that some individuals who meditate with larimar claim to see visions of the long-lost continent.

The logic behind this mineral being linked with dolphins may be because it is a stone that promotes peace, harmony, and communication. As these are qualities attributed to the dolphin (whose natural habitat happens to be the water), and the dolphin’s happy chirp-like sounds have it appear to be communicating with humans; it’s natural that they would be associated with this sea blue crystal.

Read more about how communication applies to larimar under the headings ‘Metaphysical Properties of Larimar’ and ‘Larimar Healing’ further down the page.

Larimar
Turquoise-Color Larimar. Source: Wikimedia public domain image posted by user "The Singularity"; image name: Larimarhalves.jpg


Where is Larimar Mined?


Larimar is found in only one location in the world. That location is confined within a relatively small area of mountainous terrain in the Dominican Republic, on the island of Hispaniola. The town where the mine is located is called Los Chupaderos.

It was the 22nd of November in the year 1916, when larimar was first discovered by Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren. He had applied for a permit to explore the area where the beautiful blue mineral was found. Sadly, his request was declined. After Father Miguel was turned down, larimar was overlooked entirely and laid buried and forgotten until 1974. At that time it was ‘discovered’, once again, by Miguel Mendez and Norman Rilling. These two people were the first to exploit larimar, but neither one is actively involved in mining today.

Larimar was recognized amongst native inhabitants of the area before being discovered by those who came to exploit it for trade purposes. Most larimar will be found where it was formed. Some, over time, washed away and can be found other places, including along the shoreline. There is a local lore claiming that their ancestors picked up pieces of the blue stone they had found. They foretold that one day the visible stones along the beach would all be gone. Soon thereafter would come he who would discover the source, and the stone would become available again. How about that? That’s exactly how things turned out too.

Due to being in one exclusive location in the entire world, and mined from quantities unknown, this stone is normally more expensive than other stones with similar qualities and uses. This suggests that it will one day become a valuable item amongst collectors.


How Did the Name Come About?


The name applied to the stone is a combination of part of the name of Mendez’s daughter – Larissa, and the Spanish word for sea – mar.

Other names for larimar: Stefilia’s stone (I found no evidence to support this although it’s a common claim), dolphin stone, blue pectolite, and Atlantis stone.

Larimar
Larimar Segment. Source: Wikimedia public domain image file. User: Vassil. Image name: Larimar.jpg



What is it Composed Of?


The island of Hispaniola, where larimar is mined, was formed from volcanic activity. It is believed that as magma was sent up from volcanic vents beneath the Earth’s surface by gasses, it combined with a mixture of substances, which included sodium, iron, calcium, and aluminum compounds. The result of this blend, combined with environmental conditions over time produced larimar.

Larimar can be found in these colors: sky blue, light blue, green-blue, deep blue, and white. The sky blue variety is the most valuable. Some pieces show streaks of red through them, this is due to the presence of iron. Larimar is photosensitive, therefore it will lose coloring over time. The quality of photosensitivity is what has prevented this stone from becoming significantly more mainstream.


Metaphysical Properties


Larimar is a powerful stone with a wide range of healing properties. It is known to aid us to see things from a wider array of viewpoints. Larimar is said to enhance wisdom. It also has positive effects on one’s spirit, providing calm and enlightenment. As a healer on a physical level, the qualities of this stone are highly valued.

Larimar has a positive effect on the throat, heart, third eye and crown chakras. The effect this has is to promote wisdom, intuition, peacefulness, connection with the higher self, love, and communication. Larimar will do wonders for someone suffering with anxiety, tension and/or various stresses.

It is believed by some that larimar can aid those who seek to find their soulmate. I say – if this is a larimar quality that interests you, be aware that there are two totally different ideas of what a soulmate is. If you aren’t sure of what I mean, the common-most usage of the term soulmate refers to one’s ideal romantic partner; but in spiritual lingo, the term often refers to your twin flame. I feel that in this context the term refers to the second of the two choices. Point being, more people need to be aware that their soulmate is not going to be some magical answer or formula to obtaining a perfect relationship. No relationship is going to be perfect without diligently nurturing it.

Some claim that larimar can be mistaken for turquoise. I can see that as being a possibility. Too, I can see why pieces with a turquoise hue are sometimes used by healers in place of turquoise stone; and are claimed to have the metaphysical properties of it, as well as those of larimar.


Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.


Healing Properties


  • Serves to enhance communication skills; this both in social and business dealings, as well as between couples.
  • Enhances communication with higher spiritual beings.
  • Offers a feeling of peacefulness and calm.
  • Is used to counter stress.
  • Gives physical energy a boost.
  • Aids in releasing feelings of guilt.
  • Larimar encourages healing for those having a tendency to be critical of themselves.
  • Provides healing for those who feel a need to control everyone and everything.
  • Larimar offers relief from depression and bipolar disorder.
  • May be used in the healing of throat-related conditions.
  • Cartilage healing is enhanced by larimar.
  • It is said that if held over the area concerned it can be used to relieve pain.
  • Enhances creativity.
  • Helps manage anger issues.
  • Neutralizes negative energies.


Treatments


There are no treatments used on larimar. This is important to know, as you can often find ‘treated larimar’ for sale online. The truth is, if it’s treated, it isn’t likely larimar at all. I have seen a number of these so called treated larimar stones for sale online. Most of them look like dyed howlite; I can’t define what others appearing not to be howlite are.

The above said, I have seen cases of items being sold online as ‘Chinese larimar’ and ‘agate larimar’. I have asked certain sellers what these terms mean. Chinese larimar, I was told, is a term applied to a mineral found in China that is said to be similar in appearance to larimar; it could not be explained to me what the mineral was.

Agate larimar, as I was informed, is agate treated to look like larimar. The point of bringing this to light is to make people aware that there are known ways to create a similar look to that of larimar. Make sure you know what you are purchasing. Remember too that larimar is mined only in the Dominican Republic.


Why I Was Drawn to Larimar


The reason I had discovered this beautiful stone is because I was drawn to its unique beauty and powerful blue coloring while shopping on eBay. I know that the reason I discovered it was because my spirit was drawn there by a need for its influence.

During the time I have had larimar in my possession, my mind and body have shown signs of healing. I would like to share an outline with you, but there is no way to do that without getting particularly personal. I can say that my mind seems sharper, and I feel more at peace.

Upon receiving my larimar I cleansed it under running water. I cleanse the pieces weekly to keep their energy fresh and clean. I always have some under my pillow; I also keep a string of baroque nuggets in my pocket.


My Experience With Visions


Before I owned larimar I had begun to have some psychic visions. Since having the stones around they come about more spontaneously. True to lore, the very first vision I had with it on my person gave me a strong impression of Atlantis.


If You Are Thinking of Purchasing Larimar


If you like to work with crystals and don’t have any larimar yet, it is a must have. Don’t wait too long to make your purchase as it seems to me that the prices on this beautiful mineral rise significantly each year. No wonder, for as previously stated, the quantities available for mining are unknown.


Cleansing


You shouldn’t cleanse larimar in the sun due to its photosensitivity.


Related Article: Blue Quartz

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