Found My Pearl Again on New Year's Day

by Brandie
(Albany, NY)

OK I just found it! (again)

This past summer we had clams one night. I bit into something funny, which looked like a pearl. I did not know clams could make pearls. Then I tucked it away "someplace safe" like I do with everything, then couldn't find it later. I recalled it being smooth, more oval, maybe creme or grey. This morning's news story about the valuable purple pearl had me going crazy looking for it.

Sure as anything I lost it like I do everything, With one last look I found it tucked into a glass votive holder. I knew I put it in something glass.

I don't know if it has much monetarty value, but sure I will check into it. On the other hand, if I hadn't found it, I'd be wondering if I lost a priceless pearl for the rest of my life. So the price of peace of mind--having found it--is Priceless in itself.

Just fyi--it looks perfect though oval and all creme with a little shading, and 6.5 mm by 8mm


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Jan 04, 2008
Glad you found it!
by: Kari

Ha Ha, I'm so glad you found your pearl....again! I do that too, put things somewhere and forget where.

At this point, these pearls may not be a priceless as folks may hope.

I talked with a fellow today who pays about $200/carat for nice purple or lavender Quahog pearls. For white clam pearls the price is $50+/carat.

These natural pearls are most often sold by weight and other characteristics also count, like shape, condition, color, size.

There are maybe other markets as well, but that is at last one practical price point to consider, if you're thinking about selling your pearl.

Your local jeweler may be able to help you out with finding your pearl's carat weight.


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