Dave & Liz's Purple Quahog Pearl

by David
(Narragansett, RI)

Dave & Liz's Purple Quahog Pearl

Dave & Liz's Purple Quahog Pearl

After quahoging the morning of June 4, 2017 in the Narragansett, RI Point Judith Salt Pond, Liz prepared quahogs and linguini for dinner.


I was surprised by encountering a hard object while enjoying my meal and even more surprised to discover that it was a pearl.

I didn't know that quahogs could produce a pearl and spent time researching the topic.

That's when I realized we had something rare.

The pearl is nearly spherical in shape and appears to be 8mm in size. The color is deep purple to dark lavender. The surface is very smooth with a satin sheen.

Liz and I talked about what to do with it. She wants to sell it while I like the idea of keeping such a one of a kind find.

We are interested in getting it documented and appraised though don't have a clear plan on how to get an assessment of value for this very infrequently encountered natural gem. Any advice?

Dave & Liz





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EGL lab in NYC
by: Kari

Hello Dave,

EGL lab in NYC both certifies and appraises natural pearls.

Last I heard they were appraising quahog pearls between $200-800 per carat.

Yours being round and dark purple, it would be on the high end of that scale.

Congratulations, by the way, on finding a very rare quahog pearl! It must have been pretty thrilling.

There's nothing like a natural pearl!

God bless,
Kari

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