GIA 11.45 ct. Natural Melo Melo Pearl & Diamond Ring in Platinum
• 11.45 ct. Natural Melo Melo Pearl (with GIA Lab Report)
• 0.75 ctw. Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds
• Platinum Setting
This beautiful ring was curated and designed by GIA Graduate Gemologist & NAJA Certified Master Appraiser, Scott Papper.
Extremely Rare 11.45 ct. Natural Melo Melo Pearl
Accompanied by GIA Pearl Report # 6213073372
14.04 x 10.53 x 10.32mm
Natural yellowish orange color
Only enhancement to the pearl is polishing (a.k.a. "worked")
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. Natural melo melo 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.
Gem Quality Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds
0.75 ct. total weight
F-G color, VS1 clarity
Platinum Halo Setting
Ring Size 6.75
Gross weight of 16.1 grams
This setting was custom made for this natural pearl. It is not a stock setting.
The ring will be accompanied by its corresponding GIA Lab Report and digital copy of an Appraisal Report, for insurance purposes.