Fossilized Pearl

by Joe Johnson
(Nokomis, Florida)

Greetings earthlings! My name is Joe and I'm from, no shirt, no shoes, Nokomis Florida.


I am an avid fossil hunter and often find very large clam shells with blister pearls attached to them. I have also found small fossilized pearls in the loose shell than adorns my driveway. They resemble a nascent pearl in every way except for the outer shell, it has always been hazy and less polished in appearance.

I will look through my extensive fossil collection and try to find the one or two that I may have kept. Unfortunately, uncertainty caused me to leave the majority of them where I found them.

I was always suspicious, but never was able to convince mice elf until I found your site.

Thanks for the affirmation, Kari. And keep up the good work!

Paradise stricken,
Joseph Johnson

P.S. I apologize for the lack of photographic evidence. I'm working on it!

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Feb 16, 2011
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Congratulations.
by: Anonymous

Hi Joe Congratulations.

I also did not believed in fossil pearls, even today very few people believe...

I Invite you to see :

http://fossil.pearl.4t.com/ingles.html

Nov 01, 2010
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Thoughts
by: Kari

Hi Joe,

A fellow from Texas called me last week and told me about loose fossil pearls he has found. I have not seen any photos yet. I've seen photos of fossil pearls that do still look very much like lustrous pearls, while the one in Vienna has lost all of its lustrous beauty. The nacreous deposits could well be blister pearls and it would be interesting to see what's inside. I have found fossilized oyster shells on the Thames foreshore in London. See:
http://www.karipearls.com/oyster-photos.html I was told if they shells are flat they were wild and if they were irregular and bumpy, they were raised crammed together.

Nov 01, 2010
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Forgive my ignorance, but...
by: Anonymous

Hey Kari,
I saw the article and found it quite interesting. I am amazed by the texture these "pearls" possess. I have some coprolite pieces that are smoother and more uniform in shape and color.

The large blister pearls I have found and the small loose pearls somehow managed to retain their identity. By that I mean, they looked like a pearl, a very old, dingy pearl. Of course the BP's were in situ and they still had characteristics consistant with nacre buildup.

I knew next to nothing about pearls before visiting your site, but I am now convinced of what I found.

I went through the smaller items in my collection and was unable to locate the small pea-sized pearls I found in the driveway.

I found the large blister pearls in the shell pits I frequent during the rainy season. The rain is necessary to "uncover" the hidden treasures.

The thing is, the BP's I found were in tact and still attached to the inside of the clam. These are very large clams, mind you. Should I look for them to be loose as well?

Needless to say, the next time I "visit" the pit, I will keep my eyes peeled for BP's. I come across hundreds of such clam shells each month during my fossil hunts.

One more question, we also have rather large fossilized oyster shells here. I have found marble sized nacre deposits where the adductor muscle attached to the shell. Are these possibly blister pearls? Is there a pearl under the initial nacre layers?

Again, thanks for taking the time,
Joseph

Nov 01, 2010
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Looking forward to photos
by: Kari

Hello Joe,

Looking forward to some photos. Fossilized pearls are often overlooked or not recognized. Did you happen to see this post about what perhaps is the largest fossilized pearl on record which is displayed in Vienna?

Large Fossil Pearl from Austria

Thanks for posting.

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