GIA 19.24 ct. Natural Conch Pearl & Diamond Ring in Platinum
• 19.24 ct. Natural Conch Pearl (accompanied by GIA Pearl Identification Report)
• 1.00 ct. Total Diamond Weight
• Brushed Platinum Setting
What Makes Conch Pearls So Special?
Conch pearls are amongst the rarest gems in the world.
A conch is a medium to large-sized marine gastropod from the Strombidae family, known as the Lobatus Gigas (formerly known as 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. These natural conch pearls are produced when an irritant, such as a parasite, enters the mollusk. As a defense mechanism, the conch will coat the irritant with a calcium carbonate, over time producing a porcelain-like pearl.
Approximately 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 quality conch 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.
About This Pearl:
This natural conch pearl measures over 13mm and weighs 19.24 carats! It also displays a very unique, rare, and attractive patterning that I would describe as resembling a caldron of boiling water. Its rich orange coloration has so much going on in it, and is so fun to look at!
About The Setting:
This brushed platinum setting has a bright-cut bezel, as well as four platinum claw prongs to secure the rare pearl.
A double halo of sixty-four (64) gem quality diamonds frame the conch pearl. They're very brilliant and well-matched diamonds, providing gorgeous contrast to the pearl, as well as the brushed platinum finish.
Present ring size is 5.5.
Ring is signed and hallmarked, "MICHAEL B. © 96 90% PLAT".
Gross weight of the ring is 22.5 grams.
The ring will be accompanied by its corresponding GIA Pearl Identification Report (Number 5201324701).
You will also receive a digital copy of a jewelry Appraisal Report in .pdf format, sent to you via email. This Appraisal Report will be done by a GIA Graduate Gemologist and Certified Master Appraiser, and can be used to obtain insurance coverage on this ring immediately.