Melo melo pearls are amongst the rarest gems in the world.
This magnificent, 1-of-a-kind platinum ring features an 11.45 ct. natural melo melo pearl framed by a halo of gem quality diamonds. Double talon prongs are used to secure the melo melo pearl while the diamonds are meticulously pavé set. Setting is stamped "PLAT".
Accompanied by GIA Pearl Report #6213073372.
Melo pearls are 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 phenomenon known as chatoyancy.
Ring Size: 6.75
Gross Weight: 16.1 grams (10.3 dwts)
Age: Contemporary (21st Century)
Condition: Brand New
Type: Melo Melo
Mollusk: Melo Species
Size: 14.04 x 10.53 x 10.32mm
Color: Yellowish Orange
Treatments: Worked (Polished)
Carat Weight: 11.45 carats
GIA Report Number: 6213073372
Shape/Cutting Style: Round Brilliant Cut
Measurements: 2.10mm Diameter
Total Carat Weight: 0.75 ct.