New Official Louisiana Gemstone
The new Louisiana gemstone LaPearlite®, Anne Dale Jewelers creation derived from the organic shell of the Crassostrea virginica (American Oyster). The oyster that is one of the most important consumer mollusk in the United States. Predominantly found in the waters and bayous of coastal Louisiana.
While beauty it is said to be in the eye of the beholder, it really starts in the mind. Perhaps that is why we often take “common things” for granted that is until they are taken away from us. From the purist of whites, to a gentle flow of golden wispy veils, in its final splendor each LaPearlite® is uniquely born from the bayou.
HLS 11RS-743 – Louisiana Gemstone
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Regular Session, 2011 HOUSE BILL NO. 246 BY REPRESENTATIVE SIMON
Prefiled pursuant to Article III, Section 2(A)(4)(b)(i) of the Constitution of Louisiana.
STATE SYMBOL: Provides for certain state symbols 1 AN ACT 2 To amend and reenact R.S. 49:163 and to enact R.S. 49:163.1, relative to state symbols; to 3 change the state gemstone from agate to LaPearlite; to provide for the use of the 4 gemstone on official documents; to provide for a state mineral; and to provide for 5 related matters. 6 Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana: 7 Section 1. R.S. 49:163 is hereby amended and reenacted and R.S. 49:163.1 is hereby 8 enacted to read as follows: 9 §163. State gemstone 10 There shall be an official state gemstone. The official state gemstone shall 11 be the agate, as found in Louisiana gravel LaPearlite, derived from the organic shell 12 Crassostrea virginica, a species predominantly found in the waters of coastal 13 Louisiana. Its use on official documents of the state and with the insignia of the state 14 is hereby authorized. 15 §163.1 State mineral 16 There shall be an official state mineral. The official state mineral shall be the 17 agate, as found in Louisiana gravel. Its use on official documents of the state and 18 with the insignia of the state is hereby authorized.
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CODING: Words in struck through type are deletions from existing law; words underscored are additions. DIGEST The digest printed below was prepared by House Legislative Services. It constitutes no part of the legislative instrument. The keyword, one-liner, abstract, and digest do not constitute part of the law or proof or indicia of legislative intent. [R.S. 1:13(B) and 24:177(E)] Simon HB No. 246 Abstract: Changes the state gemstone to LaPearlite and makes agate the state mineral. Present law provides that the state gemstone shall be agate. Proposed law changes present law from agate to LaPearlite. LaPearlite is derived from the organic shell of the American oyster which is a species predominantly found in the waters of coastal La. Proposed law makes agate the state mineral. (Amends R.S. 49:163; Adds R.S. 49:163.1)