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Larimar - Stone of ATLANTIS

Larimar is considered one of the most unique gemstones for beads due to its rarity and beauty. This stone has a captivating blue color with white streaks or patterns that create a striking contrast, making it a highly sought-after gemstone for jewelry-making.

Larimar is a variety of pectolite, and its unique blue color is due to the presence of copper. It is found only in the Dominican Republic, specifically in the province of Barahona and the coastal areas near the town of Los Chupaderos.

The discovery of Larimar is surrounded by an interesting rumor that has contributed to the stone's mystique. According to the story, in 1916 a local man named Miguel Méndez was walking along the beach when he came across a blue stone that had washed up on shore. He picked up the stone and kept it with him for years, believing it to be a good luck charm.

It wasn't until years later, when Méndez showed the stone to a visiting American mineralogist, that it was identified as a new variety of pectolite with a unique blue color. The stone was named Larimar, a combination of Méndez's daughter's name (Larissa) and the Spanish word for sea (mar).

The stone's beauty and the story of its discovery have led to it being nicknamed the "Atlantis Stone". The name is a reference to the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, which is said to have sunk beneath the sea. Some believe that Larimar was originally found in Atlantis and has since been rediscovered, adding to its mystical allure.

In conclusion, Larimar's rarity and unique beauty have made it one of the most sought-after gemstones for beads. The stone's origins in the Dominican Republic and the story of its discovery have added to its mystique, leading to it being nicknamed the "Atlantis Stone". Whether you believe in the legend or not, there is no denying the beauty and allure of Larimar.

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