Larimar is a rare variety of Pectolite, the unusual blue colour being attributed to traces of copper. This type of Pectolite is only found in The Dominican Republic. It was formed as super heated gases brought minerals from deep within the Earth to cool in volcanic pipes.
It was named by one of the discoverers after his daughter Larissa and the Spanish word for sea `mar`, hence Larimar.
Legend states that the lost city of Atlantis lies in the region of the Caribbean . It was thought that the stone was used to decorate the bulidings of Atlantis , as it was often found washed up on the beaches.
It is believed to ecourage clear thought and aid tranquility and calmness , the birthstone for Aries , Virgo and Gemini.