4.55 ct. Natural Melo Melo Pearl
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.
This natural melo melo pearl measures approximately 10.70 x 7.95 x 7.42mm and weighs 4.55 carats!
It's an attractive peachy color with visible flame patterning!
(Aside from the 3 photos of the pearl on the scale, which were taken indoors, the photos were taken outdoors, in direct sunlight.)