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Rare Natural Non-Nacreous Melo Pearl, Melo melo volute, Saltwaters near VietnamPhoto 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 Art New York – 23 May 2012