Found pearl while eating raw oysters

by Kimbra Bass
(Jackson, Ms)

I found a pearl in an oyster for the first time! I don't know if it could be worth anything and don't know if the fact of it being still attached to the shell means anything? Where do I go or how do I find out if it could be worth anything? Thanks!

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Oct 12, 2011
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EGL will do appraisals
by: Kari

Hi, The EGL lab in New York will do appraisals. Also, the auction houses have free appraisal days. You could give them a try. Do a search for Bonhams, Christies & Sothebys to find out when they have free evaluation days.

Oct 10, 2011
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found pearl while eating
by: Mark W.

how can I tell if the pearl is real and how much it is worth. Who do I take it to for appraisal

Jul 26, 2011
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FOUND A PERAL WHEN EATING
by: BOBBY

found gray @ WHITE PEARL 8MM WHATSIT WORTH

Dec 27, 2008
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Blister pearl
by: Kari

Hi Kimbra,

An attached pearl can also be a blister pearl. Sometimes they can be knocked off, but other times they are too deeply embedded to be removed. You can see some blister pearl jewelry here.

And, you can see a video I took of ladies in China knocking off blister pearls when harvesting pearls. See the video here.

Anyway....it's thrilling to find a pearl. They always make interesting keepsakes.

Thanks for telling us about your discovery.

Dec 20, 2008
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Mabe pearl
by: Anonymous

When the pearl is still attached to the shell, it's called a mabe pearl. I don't know if that makes it more or less valuable than a "regular" pearl.

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