Conch Pearl

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A conch is a marine gastropod or, more simply, a large sea snail. Conchs are valued for their meat, shell and non-nacreous pearls. Conch pearls are formed by concentric layers of fibrous calcium. This layering often produces a much-desired flame structure, which is characteristic of conch pearls. Because they are a calcareous concretion, the pearls have a porcelain finish and luster, very similar to the interior of the conch shell. Conch pearls are not cultured, but are usually found as a by-product as fishermen clean their catch for conch meat. The gems are usually baroque or oval in shape and generally a salmon-colored orange-pink.

Conch Pearl Polished
Conch Pearl Classification
Common Name Conch Pearl
Species Pearl
Conch Pearl Optical Properties
Transparency Translucent - Opaque
Refractive Index 1.530-1.685
Birefringence 0.155
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG)
Fluorescence SWUV: Variable
LWUV: Variable
Pleochroism None
Conch Pearl Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 2.5-4
Specific Gravity 2.830-2.870 Typical:2.850
Toughness Fair
Inclusions Conch pearls have a flame like structure and does not have nacre but a porcelain like finish.
Luster Dull, Vitreous
Stability Poor
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage None
Conch Pearl Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name calcium carbonate, conchiolin and water
Chemical Formula CaCO3 with H2O and other organic materials
Crystal System NA
Chemistry Classification Carbonate

Conch Pearl Colors

  • Pink Conch Pearl Pink

Countries of Origin

Belize

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.