Found Pearls in Oysters

by Vivian
(Friendswood, Texas)

I have found a few pearls in my oysters in the past years and just found another last night.

I would like to know how to clean these or what is the best thing to do with them.

Can anyone give me some advice?
Thank you

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Dec 16, 2015
Wow my tooth still hurts from the huge bite to the pearl I found in my oyster
by: Maria Rios

I was enjoying the second oyster of my plate when I bite the hardest thing, and surprise it was a pearl is pretty small, round between pink and tan color I love the fact that I felt lucky for once in my life :)

Dec 28, 2014
by: Anonymous

My son was eating some oysters with me last night and he paused and pulled out a small white round pearl. Then said.."wait, " and pulled out another one. Again saying "wait, wait" and pulled out yet another one. All small white ones. The biggest being the size of a popcorn kernal. We are anxious to know how to find out if there is any value at all.

Aug 22, 2014
Found a pearl
by: Anonymous

I'm glad to find this site. I found someone who said edible oysters don't make pearls...right after I'd found one in my oysters (which I ate and enjoyed muchly, thank you very much!). :) It's not large, but what a thrill!

Feb 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day
by: Kari

Hey, what a great way to celebrate Valentine's finding a pearl.

You can add photos by checking on the left hand nav bar to "Found a Pearl?" and clicking on it. It will take you to a page where you can upload photos and tell your story.

Looking forward to your submission and congrats again!


Feb 14, 2014
by: corey

Me and my wife gone out to for early Valentine's dinner..and had some raw osysters and the very frist one i eatten had a pearl not to pretty though..looks white with purple mix in it with white cracks lines but i dont think its crack..but email me at for a photo ..and i would love to sell it if it has any value..thxs alot for any info about my pearl..

Sep 07, 2012
Pearl appraisers
by: Kari

Hi and congrats to all for finding natural pearls.

Please don't get your hopes up too high about pearls from edible oysters being valuable. Some may be, especially if they have high luster, but most are best as keepsake items, conversations pieces, or they can be made into nice jewelry.

EGL (gemological lab)in New York City, not only identifies pearls but also appraises them.

Long time pearl expert, Gina Latendresse, in Nashville, TN, also appraises natural pearls.

If you suspect your natural pearl may have significant value, I suggest getting it appraised by either of those experts.

If you are interested in putting your pearl up for sale, I am happy to discuss the possibility of listing it on my site. No fee to list.

It's a thrill to find a natural pearl, regardless of its value. Natural pearls are rare and often quite lovely.

Sep 04, 2012
by: Anonymous


Sep 03, 2012
Double Whammy
by: BME

On Thursday 8/30 I found a small pearl in an oyster. Three days later I found another pearl in another oyster. What are the chances of that !?!? I'd like to go play the lottery, but I just know that George Clooney will be knocking on my door any second now!!!

Jun 07, 2012
My lucky pearl
by: Linda

i was eating an oyster po-boy and bit on something hard ,and it was a pearl I was shocked and suprise I didn't really think pearls came out of oysters that you eat, taught only fishermans got them from the bottom of the ocean or something.I feel lucky and all my friends think the same way.LOL..of course I"m from Louisiana

Apr 29, 2012
two pearls
by: KBKB

I found 2 small pearls in the oyster I was eating last night. I just wondered how often that happens?

Nov 05, 2010
by: eli

hi im eli i found a pearl last night is very smal is a cream color one an is about three millimiter diameter...where can i go an find the value on it thank you any one that can tell me where can i go....

Aug 25, 2010
general rule
by: Kari


As a general rule, pearls from edible oysters do not have a high value. There is always the exception, of course. Luster is the most important feature of pearls and size, shape, color are also taken into consideration when determining value.

I offer a few pearls for sale on my site that belong to my website readers. If offering your pearl on this website may interest you, please contact me for more information.

There is no fee to list your pearl on my site.

God bless and congrats to all who have found a natural pearl! Natural pearls are special!

Aug 25, 2010
Found pearl
by: Anonymous

I found a pearl in an oyster when I was a waitress in the late 80's, I still have this pearl and was wondering what it is worth and can I go about selling it?

Feb 19, 2009
Found Pearl in Oysters
by: Anonymous

I found a pearl in my oysters. What should I do and are they valued anything

Mar 21, 2008
by: Latoya

I bit down on a round pearl while eating my oyster. I want to know the value, what should I do?

Jan 12, 2008
by: Vivian


I have not taken a picture as of yet. It will be forthcoming though. I found one last night and the others have been found through the years. My husband and I eat them as often as we can, plus I have some good friends in the shrimping business.
Thanks for the advice.

Jan 12, 2008
Unusual to find pearls
by: Kari

Hi Vivian, I think it's unusual that you have found more than one must eat oysters often.

You should be able to clean them with soap and water.

One idea is to have them made into a special piece of jewelry for yourself and as an heirloom to pass on. A local jeweler may be able to help you design a neat piece.

Natural pearls are very special. The value depends on many factors.

Thanks for sharing. Any photos?

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