There are over a dozen known species of pearls, but only a few are truly rare and uncultivated!
Here they are:
Melo is a collectible pearl that has never found in jewelry. They are yellow-orange in color and look like the yolk of a quail egg, have a jelly-like appearance, and are cold and smooth to the touch.
Melo pearls do not consist of nacre, because it is not a bivalve mollusk that gives birth to them, but the sea snail Melo melo.
This snail lives in Vietnam and the waters of Southeast Asia. The snail Melo melo prefers to live on the clay bottom of tropical waters at a depth of about 10 meters and is very rare.
Conk - a natural pink pearl from the Caribbean, does not have the usual nacreous layer either and looks like porcelain or coral.
Its color varies from light pink to orange or scarlet.
One of the most striking features of this pearl is its silky structure that gives a wonderful effect: "flames" that burst forth from the surface. Today, can be seen only in private collections.
The Abalone, a single shellfish, is quite common and considered a very tasty delicacy. The shell, completely unsightly on the outside, has a surprisingly beautiful inner layer - mother-of-pearl, bright, shimmering with many colors and shades.
The shell itself is also used for jewelry and incrustations.
The high cost of Abalone pearls is explained by the fact that the mollusks rarely produce pearls. This process begins only when a piece of the mussel's own shell gets inside it.
The chance of finding an Abalone pearl is 1:50,000.
However, the black pearl remains the rarest, and thus the most coveted.
These are the fruit of many years of work by a special kind of oyster, which lives only in the warm waters of French Polynesia.
Numerous attempts to breed them in other parts of the world failed, and to this day, black pearls remain the exclusive product of the emerald lagoons lost in the Pacific.
For its beauty and rarity, the black pearl gained a special title: "Queen of Pearls and Pearls of Queens".
The black pearl from which we make jewelry is a natural freshwater tinted pearl.
Modern technology makes it possible to tint pearls, so be careful if you are offered black pearls of natural coloring at a low price.