Larimar is a rare blue variety of pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean. Its coloration varies from white, light-blue, green-blue to deep blue. Although pectolite is found in many locations, none have the unique blue coloration of larimar. This color is the result of copper substitution for calcium. Technically, it is an acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium.
NAME : Larimar
FAMILY : Pectolite NaCa2Si3O8(OH)
COMPOSITION : Hydrated sodium calcium silicate with manganese
Origin : Dominican Republic, Caribbean
HARDNESS : 4.5-5
COLOR : varies between white, light blue, sky blue, green-blue, and deep blue
CLEAVAGE : perfect in two directions, but not seen in this compact form
CRYSTAL SYSTEM : triclinic
ELEMENTS : Fire ; Water
CHAKRA : Throat (5th)
KEYWORDS : Calming, emotionally soothing, enhancing communication
"Larimar is one of the cardinal Water element stones, yet it born from volcanic activity. It acts as a balancer of Water and Fire energy in both the physical and emotional bodies...it is a powerful stone of balance, healing, nurturance...(it's) energy is cooling and soothing..it helps calm excessive fear and diffuse explosive anger..it assists one in effectively communicating one's emotions and one's boundaries"
The Book of Stones. Robert Simmons
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