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Nature of Material: pectolite (PEK-toe-lite) is a mineral species; triclinic crystal system; chemical composition NaCa2Si3O38(OH)  

Appearance: Semitransparent to opaque slightly grayish to yellowish white, green, blue; sometimes very light pink

Phenomena: chatoyancy (occasional)
Variety and Trade Names
Larimar - semitransparent to opaque blue, mottled with white; may have iron oxide "plumes"

Alaska jade, pectolite jade
Typical Size Range: up to a few inches in size
Typical Cutting Styles: cabochons
Optic Character: DR, biaxial positive; AGG
Refractive Index: 1.599-1.628 (+ .017, -.004); spot readings usually about 1.60
Birefringence: .029 to .038
Specific Gravity: 2.81 (+.09, -.07)
Polish Luster: vitreous to silky
Fracture: uneven to splintery
Luster: vitreous to silky
Cleavage: perfect in two directions, usually obscured by aggregate structure

Identifying Characteristics 
blue - spherules: blue in center grading to white at periphery Crystal Habit: usually radial fibrous masses
Hardness: 4½ to 5
Toughness: poor to fair

Availability: scarce
Public Recognition: unfamiliar
Major Source: Dominican Republic. Others: Canada, US
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough handling, heat, and chemicals
The Meaning Of Larimar
The Meaning Of Larimar

Larimar-the stone to-cool body

General Gemstone Details
Larimar, a gentle, kind, soft aqua blue of the Caribbean sea,found in a stone in but just one location worldwide. Discovered by Mr.Mendez, a Peace Corp worker, in 1974, he gave it the name Larimar....Lari(after his daughter Larisa) and Mar (from the Spanish name for Sea) as the colors so resembled the sea which was so close inproximity. Larimar is quite a rare formof pectolite. Often mistaken for translucent turquoise or fine blue jade,Larimar mirrors the beautiful waters that surround it's island of origin. Thecrystal vibration and unique blend of blue, teal, white and other colors havedrawn many a people to it's door. It reflects the differing colors of the ocean, from deep to light shades of blue, and jade green, often sprinkled with white and gray colors from the clouds in the sky, and then peppered now and again with red is a most incredible site.

Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 7 with a mono clinic crystal structure. Scientifically, Larimar is acompletely unique gemstone in it's mineral and chemical make up. Copper(similar to turquoise) is the causation of the colors, which is but the onlyconnection to the ancient stone known as turquoise. Larimar was first discovered in theyear 1916 in Bahoruco or Barahona, south west of the Dominican Republic. It was discovered by a Spanish born priest Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren, whoreported his discovery to the Archbishop Nouel in Santo Domingo, but alas, nomining action was taken at the time. It was not until the year 1974 whenthe American Peace Corps volunteer Norman Riling and the Dominica MiguelMendez, re-discovered the stone on the beaches of Barahona, close to thealluvial of the river Bahoruco. At this time, the stone was analyzedby several geologists, as well as the Smithsonian Institute in the USA, andthey all agreed that Larimar has a volcanic origin and belongs to the group ofthe pectolite, with the exception of course that it is the only blue pectolitefound up until this time. Most mining for this gem is openpit, with miners using only pick, shovel and hammer to break the weatheredbasalt in search of this fantastic pectolite. Efforts are currently beingmade by the Dominican Government to modernize the mining system. The available quantity of Larimar is unknown, which makes the supply uncertain in the long run.

Mystical Properties: Larimar's powers are believed to lie in the ability to help us view events from a different perspective than what we have already formed. It softens,enlightens and heals in a physical, emotion, mental and spiritual fashion. As a gentle, soft, sky blueCaribbean healer, it brings the tranquility of the sea and air to heart andmind. It soothes and uplifts hurt, fear, depression, pain of life, change, andtrauma in an amazing way. Larimar will help with self expression, patience, acceptance, simplicity, artwork and creativity, in one'slife.

Healing Properties: Larimar is said to cool and draw out inflammation from the body, to reduce fevers and the heat of a sunburn. It is especially helpful in generating creativity, pleasantly uplifting theheart and easing stress. Larimar represents peaceand clarity, it radiates healing and love energy, and is recommended for thosewho are stressed.

Magical Properties 
Energy: Not Noted
Element: Not Noted
Powers: Not Noted

Associations:Neptune Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month Not a stone of Pisces.

Chakra Classification: Larimar is said to stimulate the 4th, Heart Chakra,6th, Third Eye or Brow Chakra and the 7th, Crown Chakra,facilitating and inner wisdom, and outer manifestation of that wisdom.


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