Crab Pearl Information

by Jacob Lafler

Crab Pearl Information


I discovered a crab pearl when I was twelve years old and it fascinated me. It was pink in color and shaped like a drop. I took it to my uncle he told me I should see if it is worth anything. I was surprised to learn it was worth $176. I was thrilled. Since then I have studied crab pearls and found that they are extremely rare to find in good condition and in male crabs. Usually it is an egg that rubbed off of one crab and onto another. The crab's shell then builds up around it and it becomes like a tumor and eventually kills the unfortunate female. With males it is slightly different. The pearl is a grain of sand that gets stuck under the shell while the crab is relatively young. As the crab gets older calcium builds up around the grain of sand. But this does not kill the male and that is why you have a chance at finding one when eating crab. I myself have collected 37 crab pearls. They are beautiful. My favorite one has tints of blue green and purple in it. I hope this information helps. Please keep me posted on any new info out there about these rare finds. I am very interested.

Thank You,
Jacob Lafler

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May 12, 2012
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by: PJ

Like the prize in a Jack in the Box, I found a Crab Pearl this evening while dinning at home with the family. At first I was more than a little surprised to find this 1/4 inch object inside my king crab legs. Wondering how rare and what value these little gems carry? Is there a market for these rare finds?

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