Larimar stone is considered as THE local stone since we can only find it in Dominican Republic.
This semiprecious stone was discovered in 1974 in the South West of the country, in the Barahona region. Its name is a contraction of the name Larissa (one of the discoverers' daughter's name) and "mar" recalling the Caribbean Sea, visible from the mine.
Larimar is a mineral also called "blue pectolite", which belongs to the family of silicates quartzs whose hardness is 5/10 (Mohs scale), it is difficult as diamond to sculpt.
The quality of the stone is assessed to its color: the more the stone is deep plus, the more valuable it is. You can sometimes find a red color, it shows traces of iron. The white color on it represents the quartz stone.
The effects of the stone, on a psyche level, transmit positive and restorative energies. It therefore allows the soul to flourish and has positive attitude everyday.
Amber is a fossilized conifer resinwhich is several million years old. This is one of the lightest and softest stone and is warm to the touch. It should not be confused with ''the animal amber" which only serves to fix cosmetic fragrances.
Attributed to this semi -precious stone with calming power. It''s why we put amber necklaces around the necks of babies to calm the growth of their teeth. For adults, Amber is mainly use to relieve rheumatism, asthma and seizures of localized pain to the neck, throat ears and lungs.
In Dominican Republic, this stone mines are located in the north of the island, next to Puerto Plata.
The amber '' can also be found in different countries (Eastern Europe, Mexico, Russia, .... ) with different colors : yellow, caramel , red, dark, brown and sometimes with insects inside. But, in Dominican Republic , we have a specia type of amber is : BLUE AMBER . At first glance , it is like other types of amber but at the daylight glare gray-blue or emerald green appear.
Because of its rarity, many parts are counterfeit . Here are some simple tests to recognize a true stone :
- Heat test : Place a heated needle on a piece of amber, a slight smell of pine resin clears. A white mark is also on the stone.
- Test waterline: immerse the piece of amber in salt water, amber flow unlike plastic
- Test scratch : scratch with a small knife , if it's amber, the stone will crumble.
Coral, whose name comes from the Greek "Korallion " is an invertebrate plant. It is built throughout his life an external skeleton from minerals in the ocean animal.
Combined with those of its congeners million, they form a coral reef. The coral could not live alone. It works in harmony with a microscopic plant : the zooxanthellae in warm seas and plankton in the cold oceans . Coral colonies appear to be the oldest living animal in the world colonials. As colonies, longevity far exceeds that of the giant Galapagos tortoises, living more than 200 years.
Hazards for corals are mainly cyclones which damage them,high increases or decreases temperatures. The coral is more fragile than it appear. There are also desalination , too strong UV, diseases. Not to mention its main predator : Humans!
The coral was for long the subject of various beliefs. In the Middle Ages were hidden in her purse a piece of coral , talisman against lasorcellerie ! Considered by Tibetans and Indians '' America as a sacred stone , it symbolizes " the energy of the life force " and protects from the evil eye.