I was fortunate enough to go to St. Thomas several years ago and was introduced to Larimar. A beautiful stone found only in the Caribbean islands area.
Larimar is a pectolite, which is found all over the world, but the beautiful blue color of larimar is only found in the Caribbean.
Initially found in the early 1900's but was not mined until rediscovered again in the early 1970's by Miguel Mendez and Norman Rilling, a peace corp volunteer, on the beach. Miguel named the stone after his daughter Larissa and the Sanish word 'mar' for sea. Soon after the Los Chupaderos mine was formed.
it is a beautiful stone and i can get lost in it.
Where can you get yours? Here are a few sites online that sell the beads or the finished jewelry.
A Grain of Sand