Scallop Pearls Defined
A scallop pearl is a non-nacreous calcareous concretion produced by any member of the pectinidae (scallop) family.
Scallop Pearls, ?The Pacific Lion?s Paw?
Unlike other non-nacreous pearls such as the melo-melo and conch pearl, the scallop pearl comes from a bivalve mollusk know as the "Mano de Leon", or the "The Pacific Lion's Paw". This shellfish garners its name due to the unique shape of its shell, which resembles a lion's paw. Scallop pearls are native to the coastal waters of Central and North America and most commonly found off the coast of Baja California.
Scallop Pearls Are Another Very Rare Pearl
The scallop pearl is a very rare occurrence and is the bi-product of wild-harvested scallops. Due to the rarity of the gem, scallops are not sought for their pearls. Scallop fisherman, that spend their whole lives harvesting the meat of the shellfish, may only find a small handful of pearls during their entire lifetime.
Scallop Pearls Are Unique In Their Coloration
Scallop pearls have a unique shape and coloration absent in other calcareous concretions. Scallop pearls are generally symmetrical in an oval, round, drop, or button shape. These pearls range in size from seed to 40 carats. The color of the scallop pearl is unique among all pearls and calcareous concretions. Scallop pearls generally exude a rare maroon to plum coloration, and are also commonly found in deep purple, orange and pink.
Scallop Pearls Have A Unique 3-D Effect
The scallop pearl has a unique 3-dimensional effect within the reflective platelets of their surface, which adds to the unique beauty of the gem. This gives the pearl a sort of flash effect, similar to the flame-like appearance of the conch pearl.
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