Great news! Scientists have finally, after 25 years of attempting to culture pearls from the queen conch, been successful!
An article appearing in GIA's Gems and Gemology, stated how scientists from FloridaAtlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (Hector Acosta-Salmon and Megan Davis) "developed proprietary techniques to produce beaded and non-beaded cultured pearls from the queen conch."
According to another article in Science Daily, "This discovery opens up a unique opportunity to introduce a new gem to the industry".
Until now, queen conch "pearls" were some of the rarest gems in the world. (and from our standpoint, some of the most beautiful, too!)
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Beautiful Pearls Baby!!