About dominique calderón® jewelry

dominique calderón® 's jewelry designs are based on the semi precious stones Larimar and Amber, which are excavated by hand in local mines in the Dominican Republic. Other jewelry items are fabricated from Silver and Pewter. Pearls and decorative objects like Corals, as well as a selection of natural stones, round off the range of exquisite materials used by dominique calderón®. All products of the collection are handcrafted thoroughly piece by piece by a small team of highly skilled staff.

LARIMAR is a semi precious stone, and only found in one single place in the world, in the south of the Dominican Republic. The name Larimar is the combination of "Lari" from Larissa (the name of the daughter of the man who discovered the stone in 1974) and "Mar" which is the Spanish word for the sea. Larimar is a variety of pectolite, an acid silicate hydrate of calcium and sodium. Its blue color, distinct from that of other pectolites, is the result of cobalt substitution for calcium and fines of vanadium.

AMBER is a fossilized vegetal resin and a residual product of prehistoric trees. That resin from the extinct species Hymenaea Protera was originally a sticky fluid which, in contact with the air, became hardened and transformed into Amber in up to 40 million years. Amber consists of 67-81 % of carbon, the remaining part is of hydrogen and oxygen and minor parts of brimstone, as well as minerals. Often small pieces of vegetal origin or insects were caught and imbedded by the resin and have been preserved well until today. Although not mineralized, it is often classified as a gemstone. Dominican Amber is mostly transparent and has not been enhanced or received any chemical or physical change. In long wave UV light it has a blue reflection. Color: Usual yellow-honey-brown, but can range from a whitish color through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Rare shades are red, green and even blue.

STERLING SILVER is an alloy containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The standard Sterling Silver has a minimum millesimal fineness of 925 which usually is shown by a hallmark. Silver is a soft, white lustrous transition metal. Chemically, silver is not very reactive. It does not react with oxygen or water at ordinary temperatures, so does not easily form a silver oxide.

PEARLS are hard, roundish objects produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. A pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls (baroque pearls) occur. Coral branches are naturally matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine. It exhibits a range of colors from pink to red and black. Due to its softness and opacity, coral is usually cut en cabochon, or used to make beads or branches.