Found a pearl while eating at a clam bake

by robert harrison
(north hampton, nh USA)

my little quahog pearl

my little quahog pearl

We were all eating lobster, clams, and mussels and enjoying. Then I popped a clam in my mouth and bit down. At first I thought it was a piece of shell or maybe a rock. I finally separated it from the rest of the clam in my mouth and found a small dark purple circular pearl. Then I was questioning whether or not it was a pearl because I did not know if pearls could come from clams. I would love to know if it is worth anything and if it is I would like to sell it.

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Nice Pearl
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Very, very pretty pearl !

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Yes, your pearl has value
by: Kari

Hello Robert,

Yes, your pearl has value. Even though it is small it is still desirable and collectible. Congrats on finding it. Glad your tooth didn't break!

Pearls found in Little Neck or Cherrystone clams are called Quahog pearls. They come in a range of colors from white to dark purple.

The EGL lab in NYC appraises these between $200-800/carat. Some say they are worth even more. Here are some quahog pearls for sale.

I offer a service of listing quahog pearls for sale on my site. There is no charge to list them. See my guidelines and uploading form here. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you, Robert, for sharing about your exciting find!

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