Purple Clam Pearls
by James Wulforst
(Long Island, New York)
Purple Clam Pearls Mounted as Jewelry
My name is James and I have been a bayman for 39 years. Throughout my years I have found several clam pearls. Almost always in a clam that has a bent lip, or has been previously broken and healed itself.
My best finds were 2 gorgeous purple pearls. Unfortunately I lost one in Massachusetts.
I have been clamming in Huntington Bay on Long Island and that is where I have found all of my pearls.
In total I have found a dozen clam pearls, of which only 6 were suitable to have mounted into jewelry.
I would like to think I have some job security if people think they can get pearls out of clams then maybe they will keep buying them!