Larimar or blue pectolite is an extremely rare gemstone. It has been found only in one location: a mountainous, relatively inaccessible area in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic.
This is what the Caribbean ocean waters look like - bright aqua blue and bursts of deeper, ocean blue mixed with undulating ripples of light.
And now look at this piece of Larimar. This was a piece that I set into a ring.
In 1974, Norman Rilling, a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, and Miguel Méndez, a Dominican, found pieces of Larimar on the seashore. The word Larimar was created by Mendez, who combined his daughter’s name Larissa with the Spanish world for sea, Mar.
Local people of the region used to collect the stones on the beach. The stones are actually found in a rock formation that is along a river, upstream from the ocean.
Through soil erosion some pieces broke off and were moved by rainfall down the slopes of the hillsides to rivers. The river deposited them in the Caribbean Sea, some pieces washed up on the seashore by waves, and that's when they were found along the beach.
Larimar is also known as the Dolphin Stone, Blue Pectolite, Atlantis Stone, and Stefilia's Stone.
The more intense the blue and contrast within the stone, the rarer and higher its value.