GIA 8.94 ct. Light Pink Natural Conch Pearl & Diamond Ring in Platinum
• 8.94 ct. Light Pink Natural Conch Pearl (Accompanied by GIA Lab Report)
• 3.18 ct. Total Diamond Weight
• Set in Platinum
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, especially in pink to red hues with visible flame.
It is unusual for a conch pearl to exceed 3mm in diameter. Conch pearls over 10mm are considered to be exceptionally rare! This pearl measures 11.77 x 10.28mm and weighs 8.94 carats!
The conch pearl is framed by a halo of ten (10) transitional brilliant cut natural diamonds. These diamonds total exactly 3.18 carats. They are very high quality, grading G-H color and VS1-VS2 clarity.
The substantial platinum setting was 100% custom made for this pearl and surrounding diamonds. It is presently a size 6, but can be sized by your local jeweler.
Gross weight of the ring is 14.9 grams.
The ring will be accompanied by its corresponding GIA Lab Report.