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Lot 1279Y. Very Fine Non-nacreous Pink Pearl "Queen Conch", Strombus gigas, Caribbean Sea. Weighing approximately 4.83 carats and measuring 9.33 x 8.58 x 7.55mm. Sold for US$ 10,625 (€9,489). Photo: Bonhams.

This is an outstanding example of a conch pearl, having the most sought-after even pink hue, distinct flame pattern iridescence and perfection of shape and mirror-brought luster. Such fine conch pearls are now becoming increasingly rare offerings in the marketplace.

Bonhams. AUCTION 23397: LAPIDARY WORKS OF ART, GEMSTONES, MINERALS AND NATURAL HISTORY - LOS ANGELES