GIA 10.72 ct. Natural Melo Melo Pearl & Diamond Necklace in Platinum
• 10.72 ct. Natural Strong Orange Melo Melo Pearl (with GIA Lab Report)
• 1.72 ct. Total Diamond Weight
• Set in Platinum
Melo melo pearls are amongst the rarest gems in the world.
They're 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. This flame-like or silk-like appearance is due to a phenomena known as chatoyancy.
Melo pearls can range in size from just a couple millimeters to over 30mm in diameter! The largest recorded melo pearl weighs just under 400 carats! (397.52 cts.)
Necklace Length: 18"
Gross Weight: 8.2 grams (5.3 dwts)
Condition: Brand New
Type: Melo Melo
Mollusk: Melo Species
Size: 16.04 x 9.75 x 9.61mm
Color: Strong Orange
Carat Weight: 10.72 ct.
GIA Report Number: 6332167422
Cut: Marquise Brilliant Cut
Total Carat Weight: 0.50 carat
Cut: Old Transitional Cut
Total Carat Weight: 0.27 carat
Cut: Round Brilliant Cut
Total Carat Weight: 0.95 carat
TOTAL DIAMOND WEIGHT: 1.72 CARATS
The necklace will be accompanied by its corresponding GIA Pearl Identification Report as well as a digital copy of an Appraisal Report for Insurance Purposes, prepared by a Certified Master Appraiser (NAJA).