About Conch Pearls
Originating from the heart of the Caribbean, a conch pearl — pronounced "conk pearl" — comes from a Queen Conch mollusk. Contrary to their name, they are not actually pearls since they do not possess a nacre. Instead, they are a gem with calcareous concretions. However, these unique gems are still quite the beauties. A conch pearl contains a pattern that resembles a flame because of how the calcium carbonate platelets are arranged within it. This is known as the conch pearl's flame structure. It can sometimes form a shape of an eye, which significantly increases the conch pearl's value. The "eye" is most commonly found in pink and red variations. A natural conch pearl comes in shades ranging from white, salmon, rosy pink, and red. These lovely gems are also known as the "night gem" and if left around sunlight for lengthy periods of time, they may lose their vivid color and luster. No two are exactly alike and some may take on a teardrop shape, while others are round with varying edges and curves. The vast inventory on eBay helps the gemstone lover to find the one they fancy, whether it be just under a carat, or a large 9-carat gem that demands attention.