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Very Rare Abalone Peacock Blue Pearl

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This lovely piece will be auctioned off at Freemans spring Asian sale. 15.5 x 12.5 x 10mm Beautiful opalescent blister pearl, one of a cluster of some 5 pearls, one visibly measuring some 15.5mm of one side. They appear to be in response to an earlier sea urchin attack, where small parasitic mollusks housed themselves.
"The abalone pearl is one of the most beautiful and unusual of pearls.
It is one of the rarest...
The colors of the abalone pearl are rich and exotic...
The rarest and most highly prized offer rich peacock blue and green hues."..from "The Book of the Pearl" by Frederick Kunz

Although Abalone produces natural pearls they are rare. Statistical research indicates that a fine large pearl over 15mm is found in a low estimate of one per five hundred thousand to a more probable estimate of one pearl per nine hundred thousand animals. Reasons for rarity are that large pearls require approximately eight to ten years to form. Since animals are fished commercially for meat when they are four or five years old sufficient time has not allowed pearl formation. Also, not all Abalone produce pearls. A specific combination of factors must exist for natural pearl formation. For example:invasion of a foreign object,usually a living parasite, sufficient movement of the animal, correct immune system response, correct water temperature, and availability of correct diet.

Price range: several hundred dollars each for small pearls to tens of thousands of dollars for rare world class gems.

Abalone Pearls, Some Of The Most Beautiful Pearls In The World
Abalone pearls are considered by many to be some of the most beautiful pearls in the world, and they are also some of the rarest. Abalone pearls come from the gastropod mollusk, Haliotis. The inner mother-of-pearl shell of the abalone has an intense luster and a mixed color palette of blues, lavender, orange, green, pink and silver, in nearly every conceivable combination. The beauty of the abalone pearl is the reflection of this color potpourri in its typical irregular shape.





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