99 carat Abalone Pearl at auction at Bonhams
99 Carat Abalone Pearl
99 carat Abalone Pearl at auction at Bonhams Natural History, 12 Dec 2010
7601 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Large Abalone Pearl
Coastal waters of California near Fort Bragg
Abalone is a primitive univalve mollusk at least thirty million years old. Its pearl are rare and can take 8 to 10 years to form given that a specific combination of factors must exist for formation, including invasion of a foreign object, correct water temperature and availability of correct diet. A fine large pearl over 15mm is found in probably only 1 per 900,000 animals. The present horn-shaped abalone pearl of sizable proportions, with good spectral iridescence in tones of pink, blue, green and silver suitable for mounting as a pendant.
Weighing approximately 99.0 carats and measuring 43.0 x 26.0 x 14.5mm
Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000 Photo and text used with permission.More info about 99 carat Abalone Pearl at auction at BonhamsMore abalone pearls and pearl jewelry for sale here.
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