Extraordinary 18mm Biscuit Pearl- discovered in TN River

by Penny Bell
(Parsons, TN)

This extraordinary NATURAL pearl was discovered by my brother in the TN River near the bank of Benton County- Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park where the battle of New Johnsonville was fought. It is a beautifully colored and perfectly formed biscuit pearl- 18.5mm x 12mm- laid upon a penny, can barely see copper on edge. We have an appraisal made by John Latendresse made in 1988 where he declared the value to be $3500 - $7000. We seek the value today, and wish to find a current appraisal, but cannot find anyone who understands what they are seeing! NOT CULTURED!

Can you help us?

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John's Daughter does appraisals
by: Kari

Hi Penny,

Sounds like you have a real American treasure there...any chance of a photo? You can email a photo to me at karipearls(AT)gmail(DOT)com if you can take one. Website visitors and I would love to see it.

John Latendresse's daughter, Gina, appraises natural pearls. Here is her email address: FanciPearl(AT)aol(DOT)com She would be happy to help you.

I really appreciate you adding the page about your pearl. I'd also love to hear updates....new appraisal, what you plan to do with it, etc.

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