California Abalone Pearl
by Kim Enriquez
My husband was an urchin diver in the 1970’s. Once in a while he brought abalone home for dinner. One evening he brought a red abalone from the Channel Islands. While cleaning it, a pearl dropped out. I kept the pearl in my jewelry box for over 30 years. I decided to have it set so I sent it to David Stein at the Offwhite Gallery in Avalon on Catalina Island. I asked him to cast a 24k gold octopus holding the pearl. I also asked him to make a gold chain. I did not weigh the pearl before it was set. The total weight of the piece is 113.4 karats, or 22.68 grams.