What, you ask, is a conch pearl. First of all it is pronounced 'konk' pearl like the more familiar queen conch shell from which the pearls originate. Conch pearls are extremely rare, gorgeous and among the most expensive natural pearls on Earth! The most sought after color is the lustrous pink pearl although natural conch pearls come in less desirable and common shades and colors. The majority of naturally formed conch pearls come from the Caribbean. Rarity sets the conch pearl apart from other gemstones and per carat prices have been known to reach a staggering $20,000! Conchs are feeling the effects of the carelessness and greed of mankind and are in danger like so many other species around the world. The future of conchs is now considered threatened. Although numerous attempts have been made to produce cultured conch pearls, the process is extremely problematic. FYI: Only a single conch pearl is found in 10 to15 thousand harvested shells and only 10% of those are gem quality!
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