01 août 2014

Rare Natural Non-Nacreous Melo Pearl, Melo melo volute, Saltwaters near Vietnam

Rare Natural Non-Nacreous Melo Pearl, Melo melo volute, Saltwaters near Vietnam. Photo Bonhams Characterized by a wonderful symmetry, many would considered this ovi-form Melo pearl to be a gem given its pretty papaya orange color, its fine flame pattern iridescence and excellent luster. This is a rare and fine pearl for the serious collector. Weighing 13.97 carats and measuring 14.1 x 12.0 x 10.0mm. Sold for US$ 16,250 (€12,145)   Bonhams. Gems, Minerals and Lapidary Works of... [Lire la suite]
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01 août 2014

Rare Non-nacreous Orange Pearl--Melo Pearl Melo, melo volutidae, Saltwaters near Vietnam

Rare Non-nacreous Orange Pearl--Melo Pearl, Melo melo volutidae, Saltwaters near Vietnam. Photo Bonhams Relatively unknown in the West, even George Kunz's compendium of 1908, "The Book of The Pearl" had no references to the rare orange pearl offered here. So few have been found, it is no wonder. The Melo melo is the marine snail that produces orange pearls the color of a ripe papaya. The snail generates a pearl-like substance to enclose foreign bodies, or irritants, entering its shell. Both orange and pink... [Lire la suite]
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01 août 2014

Rare Large Natural White Non-Nacreous Pearl—from "The Giant Clam", Tridacna gigas, Saltwaters near Vietnam

Rare Large Natural White Non-Nacreous Pearl—from "The Giant Clam", Tridacna gigas, Saltwaters near Vietnam. Photo Bonhams A luminescent white non-nacreous natural pearl, which possesses an extremely symmetrical egg-form shape as well as a very fine flame structure on its porcelaneous surface.Weighing approximately 32.45 carats and measuring 14.56 – 14.57 x 20.76 mm. Sold for US$ 35,000 (€26,160) Accompanied by an SSEF report (Schweizerisches Gemmologisches Institut) no. 60804 dated 29 September 2011 stating natural... [Lire la suite]
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