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WORLD’S RAREST PEARL TO BE SHOWCASED AT INDEX QATAR 2019

According to Volker Bassen, the conservationist and philanthropist who owns the pearl, it is the third largest in the world and the best quality pearl of its kind. The Pearl of Nuntius has been defined as a baroque blister pearl by Gem-A (the Gemmological Institute of Great Britain, and GIA (the Gemological Institute of America), a pearl that grows from a giant clamshell and resembles porcelain. There are only six pearls in existence from the now-extinct giant clamshell species, Tridacna Gigantea, which is what makes the Pearl of Nuntius so exceptionally rare.

Both the pearl and its 320-kilogram clamshell will be showcased at INDEX Qatar 2019.

Bassen said: “Nobody should miss the experience of appreciating this rare ancient relic. It is so remarkable that it simply must be seen with one’s own eyes. And for those curious why I’ve chosen to bring such a spectacular find to Qatar’s interior and fit-out show, I invite them to come along and see how Mother Nature merges with interior design."

Qatar has a long history when it comes to pearls, and evidence shows that the first pearl-diving settlement dates back 7,000 years. This is sure to make the Pearl of Nuntius one of the prized attractions for the more than 14,000 visitors expected at INDEX Qatar 2019.

Bassen said: “INDEX Qatar is a must-attend event on Seaquarium’s business calendar. It’s a highly anticipated chance to show off our spectacular product portfolio to the market and establish new contacts in the interiors industry. We pride ourselves on our meticulous craft and we take exceptional care to match our clients’ discerning tastes and requirements. So, we are very glad of having such an exceptional platform such as INDEX Qatar to position ourselves in Qatar’s highly attractive interiors market, and we hope to connect with buyers for some of our exceptional pieces.”

Apart from giant fossil clamshells, Bassen is also showcasing some amazing, one of a kind fossils...


XIPACTINUS

Xipactinus was one of the largest bony fish of the late Cretaceous and is considered one of the fiercest creatures in the sea.

A powerful tail and winglike pectoral fins shot the 5 meter long monster through the surface waters of the ocean.

Unlucky fish and unsuspecting seabirds were snared inside Xiphactinus's upturned jaw, which was lined with giant, fanglike teeth, giving it an expression akin to that of a bulldog.


PALEORHINUS

Paleorhinus was an ancient crocodile-like creature that could be found in what now is Morocco over 237 million years ago.

Recent studies have shown that Paleorhinus is a missing link between crocodiles and early bird-like archosaurs that eventually evolved into the dinosaurs we all know.

The fact that this is the only complete skull of a Paleorhinus in existence makes this fossil truly unique.


AMMOLITE

'Ammolite' is the name given to the colorful and wonderful Ammonite fossils found in the famous Bear Paw Formation, Southern Alberta, Canada.

Their shells underwent a unique fossilization process over 75 million years. Exposure to pressure, temperature and geographic location caused the shell to mineralize into a rainbow of iridescent colors.

The specimens are mined on the Native American Black foot reservation, who themselves operate and oversee the excavation and production.

Since 1981 it is recognised as a gemstone by the CIBJO Coloured Stones Commision.


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