A conch is a medium to large-sized marine gastropod from the Strombidae family, known as the Strombus Gigas, or Queen Conch.
Queen Conchs are found off the coast of the Bahamas, Florida Keys, Caribbean Islands and Bermuda where they're harvested for their delicious meat. Popular conch dishes include conch fritters, conch salad and conch chowder.
Very rarely, a natural pearl will be found inside a conch shell.
This historical Elisha Kent Kane Award Medal was made by the A.C. Frank Company, in solid 18 karat gold, and was presented to William C. Farabee by the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, in 1916, for eminent geographical research.
This extremely rare, 1-of-a-kind, Samuel Wylie Miller Memorial Medal was made by Tiffany & Co., in solid 14 karat gold, and was presented to John J. Chyle in 1954 for his exceptional technological advancements in the field of science and welding.
This extremely rare, 1-of-a-kind, New York Zoological Society Award Medal was made by Tiffany & Co., in solid 14 karat gold, and was presented to John Tee-Van in 1961 for 50 years of scientific achievement and devoted service.
This 1-of-a-kind, solid 14 karat gold, commemorative NYC Police badge represents a piece of American history!
This Art Deco era pearl necklace is fastened by a custom-made, platinum and diamond clasp with details simply not found in today's jewelry.
While Rolex is primarily known for their sport models such as the Datejust, Submariner, Yachtmaster, etc., they also produce a dress line known as Rolex Cellini.
Like many Masonic pieces, there is plenty of hidden symbolism within this Edwardian era, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Masonic ring.
This antique, Victorian era pocket watch is a work of art...literally!
This unusual, vintage Rolex was a pleasure to handle!
Members of the United States military are rewarded in various ways for their achievements. Whether it be with ribbons, medals or jewelry, military men become more decorated as they progress in rank.
"The Art of Gemology" is now available in both hardcover and digital formats!
When you hear the word "Gemology", what comes to mind?
Some will say it has to do with the study of gems. Other say it's the science of gemstones. While those are both correct, we also take pride in The Art of Gemology!
What are these tiny little letters and numbers? Why are they there? What do they mean? Hallmark research can be one of the most fun (or most frustrating) parts of the job as we put on our white gloves and survey the crime scene...
It's true: Diamonds are the hardest of all gems, ranking 10 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. They're more resistant to scratches than any other gem, but that doesn't mean they're invincible.