This week’s Mineral Monday brings us to the blue waters of the Caribbean, it’s larimar! Larimar is a stunning blue mineral that is reminiscent of the Caribbean Sea, fitting since it is only found in the Dominican Republic. While it was originally discovered in 1916, it was forgotten about until it was rediscovered by two men in 1974. The men, a Peace Corps volunteer and a local man, named the gemstone after the combination of the local man’s daughter Larissa and the Spanish word for sea, “mar”.
Larimar was formed millions of years ago by volcanic activity, and its beautiful color lends itself for use in jewelry. It is also used as an ornamental stone and sought after by mineral collectors.
Metaphysically, larimar is a healing stone and is known for cooling tempers and calming the wearers fears and anxieties.
The Shops at Nature’s Art Village has a beautiful selection of larimar jewelry in the Artistic Jewelry Shop and polished larimar specimens in the A to Z Mineral Shop. To see our full selection, and many more fossils and minerals, visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.
Check back next week for a new Mineral Monday!
Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.