Larimar-Osmena Pearl Jewelry Pendant
This unique Larimar and Osmena Pearl Jewelry Pendant is wrapped with sterling silver wire. The Larimar stone comes from the Dominican Republic.
Pendant size: 3 1/8" x 1 1/2"
Larimar is a variety of pectolite, or a rock composed largely of pectolite, an acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium from the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Mining records show that on 23 November 1916 Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren of the Barahona Parish requested permission to explore and exploit the mine of a certain blue rock he had discovered. Pectolites were not yet known in the Dominican Republic and the request was rejected.
In 1974, at the foot of the Bahoruco Range, the coastal province of Barahona, Miguel Méndez and Peace Corps volunteer Norman Rilling rediscover Larimar on a beach. Natives, who believed the stone came from the sea, called the gem Blue Stone. Miguel took his young daughter's name Larissa and the Spanish word for sea (mar) and formed Larimar, by the colors of the water of the Caribbean Sea, where it was found.
Osmena pearl is not a pearl at all, but the inner layer of shell from a chambered nautilus. This inner shell is usually white, with a rainbow iridescence. The cabochons cut from the nautilus shell are normally slightly ridged.