13 Conch Pearl Pieces to Tickle You Pink



JCK exhibitors who did not have time to shop the jewelry shows themselves may now be in Hong Kong for the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair to do some serious gem-hunting from some of the world’s most prestigious suppliers. The show kicks off tomorrow at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), and according to a press release for the show, it’s pearl heaven across all categories, including the calcareous concretion that’s captured my fancy in a big way: conch.

Finished conch pearl jewelry will also be on offer from exhibitors like Tara Pearls out of New York  (booth 3G-226). According to company vice president Akash C. Sethi, the firm will be debuting necklaces, cuff bangles (a gorgeous one is showcased below), and brooches set with conch pearls in a spectrum of pinks to orange and café au lait.

A few reasons why conch could be a solid buy for retailers and for designers looking for extraordinary gems for special one-of-a-kind pieces:

• Pearls are hot right now. The more exotic, and divergent from the standard options, the better.

• Remember when we predicted the popularity of pink opal back in January? Conch pearls can be thought of as the connoisseur-level answer to the more plentiful gem favored by agenda-setting designers like Irene Neuwirth and Cathy Waterman. In an era when lab-created gems dominate conversations, there’s something completely enchanting about the all-natural provenance of conch pearls—their storied rarity means they’re found in one out of every 10,000–20,000 queen conch shells. And only a very few of those are suitable for jewelry.

• Below are 12 more reasons, beautifully expressed by some of our industry’s most famous conch pearl practitioners, including a pair of earrings by Arunashi that won first runner-up in the 2018 Couture Awards pearl category.

Assael conch pearl earringsEarrings with conch pearls, South Sea cultured pearls, and marquise and pearl-shape diamonds in platinum, $296,000; Assael

Assael conch pearl ringRing with two natural conch pearls and 4.51 cts. t.w. diamonds in platinum, $150,000; Assael

Anna Hu Alexandria conch pearl earringsAlexandria earrings with conch pearls, diamond beads, rose-cut and round brilliant diamonds, price on request; Anna Hu

Anna Hu Enchanted Orchid conch pearl ring

Enchanted Orchid ring with conch pearl, diamond briolettes, rose-cut and round brilliant diamonds, price on request; Anna Hu

Arunashi conch pearl earringsConch pearl earrings with pink coral inlay and diamonds in titanium, price on request; Arunashi

Tara Pearls conch pearl braceletBracelet with natural conch pearls, rubies, and fancy color and white diamonds in 18k white gold, $79,485; Tara Pearls

Moussaieff conch pearl earrings

Chandelier earrings with salmon-pink conch pearls, rose-cut and pavé diamonds, and diamond beads in purple titanium and 18k white gold, price on request; Moussaieff

Mikimoto conch pearl earringsEarrings with conch pearls and 24.74 cts. t.w. diamonds in platinum, $250,000; Mikimoto

Mikimoto conch pearl necklaceNecklace with conch pearls and 4.5 cts. t.w. diamonds in platinum, $160,000; Mikimoto

Sara Ho Paradis conch pearl earringsParadis earrings with conch pearls and diamonds in platinum and 18k rose gold, price on request; Sarah Ho

Sarah Ho Persica conch pearl necklace

Persica necklace with 13 conch pearls, 13 pearls, and 10.36 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request; Sarah Ho

Hemmerle conch pearl earrings

Earrings with conch pearls and pink spinels set in 18k white gold and copper, price on request; Hemmerle

 

Top: Carlo Barberis conch pearl earrings (image via @carlo_barberis_fine_jewellery)

 

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