A pearl in my fried oyster?

by Marta K.
(Topsail Island, NC)

Oyster pearl found in NC

Oyster pearl found in NC

Oyster pearl found in NC
Natural oyster pearl found in NC

I bit into a fried oyster at a restaurant at the beach in NC and spit out a white ball. Huh? I wonder if it is a pearl? It looks like a rock, as it's not shiny at all. I lost my appetite and couldn't eat anymore but I did rip apart the rest to see if there were any more ;) I think I'll mount it on a ring anyway--it's a memory to keep :) I asked and they said the oysters are local, saltwater.

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Jul 19, 2016
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Lucky Find in Savannah
by: Andy & Sarah

My wife and I were in Savannah having oysters for lunch at Bernies on July 11/16. Much to my surprise I found a pea sized pearl in a steamed oyster. The waiter told us that they serve thousands of oysters each week and that this is the first time he had seen one. Told us that it would bring good luck. Well.....he was right. The very next day we received a phone call advising us that for our upcoming Danube River Cruise, we will be receiving a $2000 upgrade. Thank you Mr. Oyster and AMA Waterways.

Jul 07, 2016
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Daughter Found One Too!
by: Anonymous

My daughter too found a pearl very similar to your pearl in her fried oyster! Thanks for sharing! We enjoyed your post.

http://peasoupdesigns.blogspot.com/2016/07/fried-oyster-pearl.html

Oct 10, 2012
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pearls are not always shiny
by: Kari

Hi Tee, Most likely what you bit into was a pearl. Pearls from edible oysters are often not shiny. They also, unfortunately, are not valuable, but are nice keepsakes or conversation pieces. So, enjoy your pearl, shine or not shine. God bless.

Oct 06, 2012
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is this a pearl i bit down on?
by: Tee in Danville Virginia

I was eating some fried oysters. I bought them fresh from a local grocer and tried them myself. I bit into what looks like a round off white and black rock that isn't shiney at all. I'd like to know how to go about finding out if it is a Pearl or not!

Jul 07, 2012
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Looks like a pearl to me
by: Kari

Hi Marta,

Looks like a pearl to me! Most often pearls found in edible oysters lack luster and therefore do not have high value. But as you said, you are thinking of keeping it as a keepsake which I think is a great idea!

Natural pearls are special. Even without luster, they make for conversational pieces and memory makers.

Love the photos! Thanks so much for taking the time to write and share your good fortune!

God bless!


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