GIA 19.24 ct. Natural Melo Melo Pearl & Diamond Ring in Platinum
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ABOUT THE ITEM
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.
This magnificent, 1-of-a-kind ring features a 19.24 ct. natural melo melo pearl framed by a double halo of gem quality diamonds in a brushed platinum setting. Talon prongs are used to secure the melo melo pearl while the diamonds are meticulously pavé set. Setting is stamped "MICHAEL B. © 96 90% PLAT".
Accompanied by GIA Pearl Report #5201324701.
**Also pictured is a previous GIA Pearl Report on the pearl prior to setting, to show proof of weight (19.24 carats). This GIA Pearl Report will not be included with the sale, as GIA exchanged it with the new report after it had been re-examined and identified as a "Melo Species".**
Ring Size: 5.5
Hallmarks: "MICHAEL B. © 96 90% PLAT"
Gross Weight: 22.5 grams (14.5 dwts)
Age: Vintage (Late 20th Century)
Type: Melo Melo
Mollusk: Melo Species
Size: 13.46 x 13.18mm
Color: Orange, Natural
Carat Weight: 19.24 ct.
GIA Report Number: 5201324701
Shape/Cutting Style: Round Brilliant Cut
Measurements: 1.50mm Diameter
Total Carat Weight: 1.00 ct.