Conch pearls were first discovered only after Columbus had discovered the new world. The reson behind this is due to the fact that themarine gastropod responcible for produsing these perls known as Strombus gigas or the conch is found only in the West Indies where Christopher Columbus started his discoveries.Looking back on the early Spanish conquistadores descriptions of large pink pearls that they found on the native american tribesmen in Floride, it is safe to assume they were reffering to Conch pearls.
The hight in demand for the pink pearls came in 1860, this is the first period where jewelers began using them in their designes. The interested in Conch pearls deminished around 1885 but trended once again in the years following 1901. The resurgance in popularity could be attributed to Queen Alexandria the wife of King Edward VII. Queen Alexandria was consideded a fashion icon just as many queens before and after her. Finally the demand for the pink pearls climaxed in the yeard preceeding world war I where they were reguarded as an extravagant hilight within the European high sociaty.
Post World War I there was very little demand for these pearls as they were a stark contrast to the sharp geometric designs of the Art Deco jewelry .However today the Conch pearl is being used by designers once again and have truly regained their place amongst the worlds most rare and covited natural gems. On average you can expect to find 1 pearl per 1,000 shells and about 1 pearl out of every 12,500 shells will be large and of a higher quality.Technacally the Conch gem is not actually a pearl because it contains no nacre.