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Found in only one square kilometer of the world, that is protected by a dense rainforest the only source of Larimar is a remote mountainous region Barahona of the Dominican Republic. Caribbean gem, beautiful Larimar is extremely rare gemstone. Larimar is a blue variety of the mineral Pectolite. Pectolite itself is not a rare mineral and is found throughout the world, but the exquisite sea-blue color exhibited in the Larimar variety is very unique. Larimar stone was originally discovered in 1916. However the Spanish priest, who found the stone by coincidence, did report about his find but unfortunately no mining was done. Therefore it took again more than half a century until in 1974 the Larimar jewel was finally rediscovered. A team of explorers that consisted of the Dominican, Miguel Mendez and the American volunteer, Norman Rilling, found Larimar at the beaches of Barahona. It is likely that the native Taino Indians knew of the stone a thousand years before Columbus arrived in the new world and before Mendez and Rilling, local inhabitants of the region had long been aware of the stone. Early theories suggested Larimar was produced by the sea, later by the earth’s volcanic movements. Island legends said that the stones could be collected easily on the beach, but one day there were no more blue Larimar stones left. Locals explored upstream and found a rock formation, which appeared to be the source of the blue stone. This legend holds truth; Mendez and Rilling in 1974 would follow a river upstream and find sources of the blue stone. These two were so amazed by the soothing blue shades with it´s white patterns that in their view resembled the sunlight dancing beneath the Caribbean Sea. This inceptions also led them to the naming of the stone. They knew right away the name should include the Spanish word for sea- el mar. To make the name complete the first few letters of Mr. Mendez daughter´s name were added (Larissa) which resulted in the melodious sounding name LARIMAR. Larimar is considered as a healing stone, and said to be finely tuned to the human body particularly to the throat area. It increases speech and communication skills and supports the body’s natural healing process. Persons believing in this have been known to wear Larimar jewelry or to put pieces of Larimar in their pockets or under their pillows. Larimar is also called the Atlantis Stone, because a Spiritual master who lived in Trinidad and Tobago and who founded many Yoga Centers across the world, claimed that some islands in the Caribbean including Hispaniola were part of the lost continent of Atlantis. He went further to say that on one of those islands a blue stone with healing powers would be found – a description that corresponds to Larimar. Today, there are thousands of people, naturalists and persons practicing alternative and holistic healing methods, who use Larimar to assist and reinforce healing processes. So, however, legends and stories told, Larimar is amazing beautiful stone and place where its found as well, gorgeous paradise on earth, same time one of the poorest in this country:( But... you can still find and pick pieces on the beach after surfing with local kids close to Bahoruco river!