Hidden away under the jagged crust of Grand Cayman’s East End and the craggy cliffs of the Bluff in Cayman Brac, lie beautiful and mysterious mineral deposits. These rock strata are found only in the Cayman Islands and are well disguised by the surrounding limestone.
Caymanite has layers of colours in earth tones, created by the different metallic contents of each strata. Its hardness challenges the craftsman’s skills as well as his tools, but when cut and polished the stone has radiant hues and can be transformed into unique jewellery and carvings. What better souvenir of the Cayman Islands can be found than a crafted piece of the rock itself?
See the permanent Caymanite display at the Cayman Islands National Museum or purchase items at the National Museum shop, the Craft Market or Kirk Freeport in Grand Cayman, or from the National Trust shop at Pirate’s Point in Little Cayman.
For more information on Caymanite beads visit www.caymanitebeads.ky.