Huge Perfect Shape Natural Abalone Pearl

by Simon
(Fremont, CA)





I was abalone diving over at Fort Bragg area last Thanksgiving weekend for a last abalone dive of the year before season's closed. It was rainy and stormy day and water was very rough condition. I got into the dangerous situation while getting out of the strong current that I had to pull off my weight belt first time ever since I've start dive in that area for last 15 years. Dramatically, I found this huge perfect shape 3 inches natural abalone pearl. I am thinking to sell this pearl since I've already got a smaller one couple of years ago for making a necklace for my daughter. Can anyone tell me the value of this pearl and source where I can sell this?

118.2 carats

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Dec 10, 2010
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Free Auction House Appraisals
by: Kari

Hi again Simon,

Since you are in California, you might want to check out the free auction house appraisals held by Bonhams both in San Fransisco and in LA. See: Bonhams Free Appraisal Days. Of course they are hoping you'll want to sell your pearl with them, but there is no obligation. It should prove to be very educational and helpful.

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NIce photo of abalone pearl in shell
by: Kari

Hi Simon,

Thank you for your contribution. I like seeing the abalone pearl in the original position when found. That's rare to see and quite fascinating to me.

You have a wonderful large abalone pearl..wow. That must have been exciting to find! Plus you have some others too. I'd like to see a photo of the necklace you get made for your daughter when it's finished.

I am not an expert on pricing abalone pearls. Sorry about that. So much depends upon the quality of the pearl, size, shape, luster, color, desirability, etc.

I have sent you a private email explaining about selling on my site. Since natural pearls are normally sold by carat weight, you should ask a kind jeweler to weigh it for you.

Thanks again and we'll keep in touch.


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