Rare Natural Pearl, Pteria species, Coastal saltwaters of Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. Estimate US$ 75,000 – 95,000 (€60,000 – 76,000). Photo Bonhams.
A rare saltwater oyster pearl with a classic drop-shape allowing it to be mounted as a pendant, the present pearl is very rare due to the exceptional size of nearly 13 carats. The exquisite shape and the beautiful grey to pinkish bronze color with pinkish overtones makes this a desirable pearl. The size in particular makes it rare as the vast majority of Baja pearls do not even reach 1 carat in size, undrilled.
Weighing approximately 12.73 carats and measuring 18.5 x 9.7mm
Accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America report numbered 215667003 dated October 8, 2014 stating that the 12.73 carats pearl is natural, saltwater, with no indications of treatment.
Bonhams. GEMS, MINERALS, LAPIDARY WORKS OF ART AND NATURAL HISTORY, 23 Nov 2014 10:00 PST – LOS ANGELES