Baroque Pearl Ocean Wave (photo by Andrew Anderson)
Baroque pearl ocean wave as photographed by my son, Andrew, at the Natural History Museum in New York City.
Baroque pearls were in high fashion around the turn of the century and are once again returning to high fashion status. were often found in one of the most important pearling regions, that of the Mississippi Valley in America.
Very large quantities of baroques were found in the Wabash and the Illinois; 30,000 ounces were reported from those rivers and their tributaries in 1907, for which the fishermen received a total of $50,000.
A large symmetrical pearl found during 1907 weighed a trifle under 150 rains, and a slug was found which weighed fully one ounce, or 606 grains.