Very Large Melo Pearl (Saltwaters near Vietnam)

Relatively unknown in the West, even George Kunz’s compendium of 1908, The Book of the Pearl, had no references to the rare orange pearl offered here. So few have been found, it is no wonder. The Melo melo is the marine snail that produces orange pearls the color of a ripe papaya. The snail generates a pearl-like substance to enclose foreign bodies, or irritants, entering its shell. Both orange and pink pearls (from the Conch, Strombus gigas) are “non-nacreous”, meaning they do not have a layer of calcium carbonate on their outer surface as white pearls do. Instead, they display a fiery, porcelain-like surface, giving them a unique beauty not possessed by other varieties of pearls. A relative of the conch, the Melo melo volutidae is also a gastropod. It is found in the waters of picturesque Halong Bay (Meaning Bay of Dragons), along the northern coast of Vietnam. The Melo volute is found in such deep waters almost 15 hours from the shoreline, although edible, it was not typically fished for food.

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Date de cette photo : 13 juillet 2008 - 17:07
Envoyé par : Alain Truong
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