Natural Color Apricot Pearl, Unio species, Margaritifera margaritifera. Estimate US$ 3,500 – 4,500 (€2,800 – 3,600). Photo Bonhams.
Originating from a freshwater bi-valve mussel this beautiful, baroque-shaped freshwater pearl displays excellent luster and iridescent rainbow orient which hovers over its exotic yellowish orange or apricot color.
Weighing approximately 49.18 carats and measuring 26.0 x 20.46 x 16.38mm
Accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America report #1142629878 dated May 4, 2012 stating that the yellowish orange, 49.18 carats pearl is natural, with no indications of treatment.
Bonhams. GEMS, MINERALS, LAPIDARY WORKS OF ART AND NATURAL HISTORY, 23 Nov 2014 10:00 PST – LOS ANGELES