Flat River Pearls from Michigan


I live near the Flat River in Michigan, and just today I found 15 natural pearls while looking for clams. They're all perfectly rounded and about the same color. I did some research and apparently that's pretty rare? I'm not sure what to do with them, most sites say the most important factor is the luster, and they all seem pretty matte... either way, it was exciting to find them.

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Aug 08, 2011
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Thanks for update
by: Kari

Hi, thanks for the update. Don't worry about being embarrassed...it happens to all of us at one time or another. Yes, you're right it still is an exciting find and still a mystery. I hope you can solve it someday. God bless.

Aug 08, 2011
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Still a mystery
by: Shannon

I didn't find them IN the clams, just next to a bed of them, all in different places sort of buried around. I kept digging through and more and more would float up. Unfortunately, I had a fine jeweler look at them yesterday, and it turns out they aren't pearls. He has no idea what they could be, I guess it's an enigma. I have a necklace of real natural pearls, and they are all the same size as those, as well. He said they have all the qualities except luster, which, obviously is the most important part. Kind of embarrassing, but still exciting, whatever I found.

Aug 05, 2011
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Yes, rare
by: Kari

Hi, Yes, that would be very rare, to not only find so many pearls, but if they are all round...it is very rare and almost unbelievable. How many clams did you look at? You should get them certified, even if they are not lustrous, to find so many round pearls should be documented somehow. Thanks for sharing. When I saw the title, naturally, I thought the pearls themselves were flat. I have never heard of Flat River before...funny. I appreciate your post. God bless.

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