Conch Pearl Found in Conch Fritters

by kyle
(boca raton,Florida, U.S)

Just last week I was on cruise and it took us to Nassau, Bahamas. On the island, we went to the fish fry, a very popular place for the locals. When we went to one of the little huts that were selling conch fritters. So when I went to go take a bite, there was something hard inside of it. When I took that bite, I almost broke my tooth. When I showed it to the waiter, she said it was a conch pearl, and that it was very rare. Later that day i brought it to a jewelry places on the cruise, and they said it was extremely rare and to keep it. Now I can't decide if I should keep it or sell it.

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Aug 28, 2011
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Me, too...
by: JennE

My husband and I were married in Key West. It was our first trip there. We fell in love with the island and with Conch Fritters! We have a specialty grocer in our small town here in Wisconsin and they are able to special order conch meat for us so we can make our beloved conch fritters. We've created many new conch fritter fans.

We had a cookout yesterday so, of course, we made fritters. Usually we by "fillets" of meat but this last order we tried ground. So, my husband made up a few dozen. I take a few and like you bit into something hard. I thought it was a bit of shell until I pulled it out of my mouth. I'd seen pearls while in the Keys but to be holding something so very rare...wow! To think it made it through fishing, harvesting, processing, grinding, packing, my freezer, my fryer and onto my plate!

Nov 28, 2009
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Exciting find
by: Kari

Hi Kyle, Wow, I think your find is very exciting. Happy Day! Finding conch pearls is not common at all...yes, they are rare and found in about one in 10,000 shells.

If I were you, I'd keep your pearl, but that's up to you, of course. It could be made into a lovely piece of jewelry or even a tie tack, etc.

I'd love to see a photo.

Conch pearls from Belize can now be purchased on my site here.

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