Larimar - why is it so expensive ?
Larimar is a rare mineral silicate mineral pectolite found only in the Dominican Republic. It is more rare than a high quality Diamond and just like it a very popular stone to use in jewelry.
That is what makes it rather expensive compared to crystals like blue aragonite, Carribean calcite or hemimorphite, which is also called Chinese Larimar. Those are stones you‘ll often find mislabeled as true Larimar, sometimes due to a lack of knowledge of the sellers, sometimes on purpose to charge a higher price for a less valuable mineral.
Larimar is a 4.5-5 on the mohs scale of hardness making it a rather soft crystal, much softer than regular glass.
Pectolite is found in many locations, but larimar has a unique volcanic blue color, which is the result of copper substitution for calcium. Often you‘ll find red hematite inclusions.
Larimar can be identified by its opaque blue to green shades with strands of white, often slightly see through, running through it resembling waves of the ocean.
Due to it looking similar to the Ocean it is also called Atlantis stone or Dolphins stone.
It is a very popular healing stone and a collectors favorite. It has soft and warm healing powers, resembling the divine feminine goddess energy we all carry and is deeply calming and healing trauma. Making it a perfect stone for fire signs who often tend to be hottempered.
funfact: it’s my all time favorite stone