Clam Craving Reveals Surprise Pearl

by Cathy
(Centennial, Colorado)

Quahog Pearl - Front and Side Views

Quahog Pearl - Front and Side Views

About 15 years ago, I was having a craving for clams on the half shell. Having eaten them in NJ for years, they're not as easy to come by in Colorado. But once I found a store that sold fresh clams at a decent price - I was once again hooked. One day, while shucking a clam I found this pearl. I've been holding on to it as it was different, and I was surprised that clams had pearls (I thought they were only in oysters). It's a nice size, but I'm not sure if it was worth any money. If not, I'll make it into a necklace, etc. It's mostly white with a uniform purple spot at the end that uniformly fades into the white of the pearl.


Thank you.

Cathy

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Feb 12, 2009
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Thank you for responding!
by: Anonymous

Thank you "Anonymous!" It is a pretty pearl, as are most. I was just surprised to find it in a clam. Wish I still lived in NJ as clams are very expensive here in Colorado! :)

Feb 12, 2009
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nice one
by: Anonymous

Thats a nice one,75%of the pearls are not round,sometimes they are flat on one side or the pearl grew weird ,u got a good one,they are all special in there own way,dont miss place it,i went threw that before.

Jan 30, 2009
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Oh, wow!
by: Kari

Oh, wow....your post makes me want to run out and buy some clams to eat, but I don't think they are sold in my area. Maybe I should do some searching.

With all these post about finding quahog pearls I would think that the clam industry will see an increase in sales.

Your pearl is lovely. A local jeweler would perhaps weigh it for you as natural pearls are normally sold by weight in carats.

Purple quahog pearls are more valuable, but finding a pearl is so special, it's hard to put value on something like that.

Thanks for sharing.

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