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.
Only 1 out of every 10,000 to 15,000 conchs will produce a pearl.
Only 1 out of every 100,000 to 150,000 conchs will produce a gem conch pearl!
These natural conch pearls are produced when an irritant enters the mollusk. As a defense mechanism, the conch will coat the irritant with a calcium carbonate, over time producing a porcelain-like pearl.
Conch pearls can range in color from pink to red, orange, brown and white, sometimes displaying a characteristic known as flame structure that appears as a fire burning on the pearl's surface. This flame-like or silk-like appearance is due to a phenomena known as chatoyancy.
It's unusual for a conch pearl to exceed 3mm in diameter. Conch pearls over 10mm are considered exceptionally rare.
The above one-of-a-kind ring features an extremely rare, GIA certified, natural conch pearl surrounded by a double halo of pavé diamonds in a brushed platinum designer setting.
GIA Report Number 5201324701
This natural conch pearl measures 13.46 x 13.18mm and weighs 19.24 carats!
The natural patterning on this pearl's surface is absolutely incredible, resembling a caldron of boiling water!
A double halo of sixty-four (64) natural round brilliant cut diamonds frames the natural pearl. These diamonds average 1.50mm in diameter and total approximately 1 carat.
The platinum setting, by Michael Bogosian, has a brushed finish. The interior of the ring is signed and hallmarked, "MICHAEL B. © 96 90% PLAT".
At the time of this post, the ring is presently available at our Online Boutique, and will be accompanied by its corresponding GIA Certificate.
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