Lo and Behold A Purple Pearl

by Joe Cassiba
(Manahawkin, NJ)

12mm Purple Quahog Pearl

12mm Purple Quahog Pearl

I was eating fried clams about 3 years ago and thought I had broken a tooth. Lo and behold it ended up being a purple pearl. I may sell it if the price is right.

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Oct 29, 2009
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Not Rare?
by: Tina

I have to comment on Anonymous's comment that these are "not rare at all". Just like any precious gem, pearl or other collectors items, there is always some that are more rare than others. Not every peice of grit or chunk of rock you pull out of a clam is going to be worth something. The color, sheen, shape or condition all contribute to its worth. I spent my whole life on the Eastern Shore, my entire family has made thier living as clammers for generations and I have only seen three flawless pearls come out the the countless amount of clams that my family has consumed. Until my father died and he left me three of his pearls I had never seen one. Most of what is pulled out of clams can be deemed as grit at best, so rest assured anonymous, these pearls can indeed be rare.

Feb 03, 2008
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Please send me more photos
by: Kari

Hi Joe, Please contact me via the contact page on this site. I'll reply so you can get my email address. Then send me more closeup photos of various sides of your pearl. I do know someone who buys these.

Feb 03, 2008
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by: joe cas

This pearl weighs in at 11.22 carats. Any offers? Pearl is for sale.

Jan 28, 2008
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You've got to be kidding
by: Joe Cas

Anonymous must be kidding. Even if pearl finders only get $1000 to $5000 for a 60 cent quahog...that, friend, is really quite a find.

Jan 28, 2008
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Don't Cast Your Pearls
by: MR. stewart

Let not temptation or words, relieve you from your treasures. These pearls are rare. Sorry Mr.Anonymous hasn't had our good fortune.

Jan 25, 2008
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Don't Get Too Excited
by: Anonymous

I am sorry to say to all of you people that these pearls are not rare at all, in fact, all of you have them. Some of you have multiple pearls, and yes, I also have a pearl.

I have talked to many quahog shuckers and clammers and it turns out that these are quite common.

It seems that a few people will get top dollar for their pearls first, but as soon as people come out of the woodworks and realise what's happening the price will fall out.

I think that these pearls will sell for as little as a thousand dollars and be worth five thousand at most.

I advise all of you to sell your pearls as quickly as possible before they know how many of these there really are. I live in a costal Massachussetts town and I know of at least 90 pearls that friends and relatives have or have been handed down.

These are not rare. Sorry.

Jan 18, 2008
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Another beautiful pearl
by: Kari

Good for you....finding a purple pearl. These are becoming all the rage it seems. Thanks for sharing and the photo which shows the size so well. A couple of dealers are buying these at about $200/carat, depending upon other features as well. These natural pearls are most often sold by weight. Maybe your local jeweler could weigh it for you.

PS....I'm glad you didn't break a tooth!


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