Round & Black Abalone Pearl

by John

Round & Black Abalone Pearl

Round & Black Abalone Pearl

What do you think is the value of a near round, quarter inch diameter, jet black abalone pearl? Attached is a photo. I am not much into jewelry and am told this is pretty rare especially because it is round and black. But what do I know...that's why I am asking an expert.


Thanks for your input...

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Jun 26, 2009
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Just lucky
by: John

Hi Kari:

I don't think I am as good a treasure hunter as it is just my time for some luck. There were lots of people in the area gathering abalone. My partner got one pearl and I got five. Go figure. I was told by a 30 year veteran at diving that he only scored one pearl in his life. I now have six in my first few months.

Jun 26, 2009
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Wow...more pearls!
by: Kari

Hello John,

Wow...good for you.

A matched pair of natural pearls will be exponentially more valuable than a single pearl.

Sorry, I do not know of an appraiser of natural pearls in the San Francisco area....maybe someone else does who reads this.

You must be a good "treasure hunter" !

Jun 26, 2009
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More abalone pearls
by: John

Hi Kari:

Just wanted you ask if you know of anybody in the San Francisco bay area that will appraise pearls. I just found one white and one black round pearl, a tear drop, a double tear drop and an oval all in one abalone. The most recent black pearl is an exact match for the one I sent a photo of earlier.

Please let me know.

Best,
John S.

Jun 03, 2009
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I agree
by: Kari

Hello John,

Yes, I agree that a black and round abalone pearl is unusual. Thanks for the photo.

As for value I recommend having one of these two people appraise it for you.

David Bidwell of EGL in New York (212) 730-7380 Ext. 215

Gina Latendresse of American Pearl Company in Tennessee 615-298-4111

They have both had experience in evaluating natural pearls.

All the best to you and thanks so much for sharing!

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