High quality melo pearls are extremely rare. For many years, our company has been supplying one-of-a-kind melo pearls to Russian and Europe connoisseurs. We accumulated great experience in creating unique melo pearl jewelry of high complexity.
Pearls Melo (Melo Melo) is not composed of nacre, since birth they are not a bivalve (unlike South sea pearls and Tahiti Acoi), and the sea snail Melo Melo. The habitat of this snail – Vietnam and the waters of South-East Asia. Snail Melo Melo prefers to dwell on the clay bottom of the tropical waters at a depth of about 10 meters and is a great rarity.
For centuries the most beautiful pearls were caught in Vietnam (Phu Quoc island). In this country the Melo Melo became a symbol of the Supreme power, and money searching for this treasure spared. To harvested pearls were very anxious, afraid to disturb the natural beauty, they tried not to drill when creating jewelry.
The snail Melo Melo depends largely on what happens in the end pearl. Eye-catching snail secret provides specific colour pearls and the shell.
The color range of the pearls Melo Melo ranges from pale gold to chocolate brown. The most valuable hue of these pearls is a bright orange.
In the same way as the pearl of Conch, the best pearls Melo Melo pearls show on their surface a "fiery" structure, torch flashes, which are more comparable with the effect of a marble surface. Size, the degree of saturation of color and depth of the "fire" of the structure of a pearl depends on the age of the snail.
Unique surface structure makes the Melo pearl in the jewelry treasure and makes it unattainable for simulations. The cost is also affected by form, which is rarely circular, but more often than in the case of pearls, the Conch, tends to sphericity.
To make a pair for earrings or to pick up a few matching pearls for jewelry sets is extremely difficult.
The collectors have the chance to get closer to the maximum allowable by nature the level of similarity of size, shade, shape and intensity of the "fire" of the structure. Therefore, the preparation of these sophisticated jewelry like necklaces sometimes take years.
These unique pearls are historically very popular in Asia, but only in the last 10 years have become a subject of hunting of collectors from around the world.
In 1999, bright orange Melo size 23 by 19 mm was sold at auction in Hong Kong for 488 $ 800.
Over the years the cost has continued to rise commensurate increase in the demand for these unique natural gems. Today, the value of gems per carat Melo commensurate with the cost of pearls Konk – from 6 000 to 17 000 dollars per carat depending on quality jewelry.
To date, the largest known pearl weighs Melo 397,52 carats, which is approximately three-fourths the size of the ball for the game of Golf.
For this type of pearls 20 - 30 mm in diameter are extremely rare, but achievable value. Of course, Melo pearls the above-mentioned parameters are Museum pieces and may be the subject of pride for collectors.