3 Pearls on One Abalone Shell
(Morgan Hill, CA)
I've been diving for abalone off the California coast since I was a teenager and never found a pearl. A dive buddy once got a beautiful black pearl from the gut, where I've always searched as well. Last summer I pulled an abalone and after shucking it found a cluster of 3 pearls growing together on the inside of the shell. I still have them sitting in a dish, but I'm thinking of having all 3 made into a ring for my wife. They aren't the most beautiful but the size is decent, about 0.2"-0.25" in diameter.