GIA 10.72 ct. Natural Melo Melo Pearl & Diamond Necklace in Platinum
• 10.72 ct. Natural Melo Melo Pearl (GIA Certified)
• 1.72 ct. Total Diamond Weight
• Set in Platinum
Melo melo pearls are amongst the rarest gems in the world.
This 1-of-a-kind necklace features an Extremely Rare, GIA Certified 10.72 carat natural melo melo pearl accented by natural diamonds, in platinum.
Curated and designedby GIA Graduate Gemologist & Certified Master Appraiser, Scott Papper.
GIA Report Number 6332167422
Melo pearls are created by the Indian Volute (also known as the zebra snail or Melo Melo): an extremely large marine gastropod from the Volutidae family, found in Southeastern Asian waters. These large melo snails inhabit shallow waters off the coasts of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. These natural pearls are produced when an irritant, such as a parasite, enters the mollusk. As a defense mechanism, the snail will coat the irritant with a calcium carbonate, over time producing a porcelain-like, non-nacreous pearl.
The finest melo pearls are an intense orange color with visible flame structure. The melo pearl in this necklace is a very rich, saturated "strong orange" with visible flame covering the entire pearl!
The pearl has been half-drilled and capped with a platinum & diamond cap. There are also bezel set diamond stations along the platinum chain.
The necklace contains the following diamonds:
• Two (2) marquise brilliant cut diamonds = 0.50 carat (H-I color, SI2-I1 clarity).
• Two (2) old transitional cut natural diamonds = 0.27 carat (H-I color, VS2-SI1 clarity).
• Sixty-nine (69) round brilliant cut natural diamonds = 0.95 carat (H-I color, VS1-VS2 clarity).
Total diamond weight of the necklace is 1.72 carats.
The platinum chain measures 18" long and is hallmarked on the spring ring, "PT950".
Gross weight of the necklace is 8.2 grams.
The necklace will be accompanied by its corresponding GIA Pearl Identification Report.
Winning bidder will also receive a digital copy of an Appraisal Report for Insurance Purposes, prepared by a Certified Master Appraiser (NAJA).