Pearl In Shell

by Anita Martin
(Madisonville,Tx)

Pearl in Shell

Pearl in Shell

Hi,


I have this pearl still in the shell and I believe that my dad got it from Iraq and brought it back. He worked the oil rigs over there in the 70's. Can anyone help me figure out if its worth anything? I have tried some looking on net but can't find right site or any help yet.

Thanks,
Anita

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Jun 26, 2011
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Thank You
by: Anita

Thank you for your comments and info .. but what does 6-7Ratti mean?
thanks again

Aug 25, 2009
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Basra Iraq Pearl
by: Anonymous

The mentioned pearl if is Basra Iraqi, can fetch you on the weight Rs. 25000 - 50000 per ratti.

By the picture, I think it seems like 6-7Ratti

Sid

Jul 25, 2009
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pteria penguin
by: Kari

Hello Anita,

Your shell looks like these which are pink mother of pearl or pteria penguin found in the South Seas. These are often used for culturing mabe pearls.

Mabe Shell
pteria penguin shells



Jul 11, 2009
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Thanks
by: Anita

Thank you for the info i will check it out and yes it is a very nice one i keep it locked up and away from my young ones lol thanks again

Jul 11, 2009
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Basra Pearl??
by: Kari

Hello Anita,

Have you researched Basra pearls? Basra is Iraq's main port city about 34 miles from the Persian Gulf and pearls were harvested there quite frequently up until the 50's. Pearls from the Persian Gulf also are sometimes called Basra pearls.

Here's a comprehensive search engine you could use to do some research:

http://www.searchit.sitesell.com/Kari2.html

Contacting the folks on this shell site might get you a quick answer.

This shell site may also be able to provide you with an answer.

I have found that the services at the GIA are excellent for having pearls identified and yours should be easily identified because it is attached to the shell. While the GIA does not put values on pearls, they could identify it for you.

It is a lovely blister pearl and shell and for sure a treasured gift from your father.

Thank you for sharing!

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