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Seeing Little Willie - a famous Scottish Pearl
May 30, 2023
Several years ago, I had an interesting experience - one of many.
This one involved a mystery I had to solve, but it actually was easy to decipher because of a similar mystery that I had previously figured out.
Would you like to hear about it briefly?
God gave me these numbers in the night: 44914
How did I know they were from God? I'm not sure. I just knew.
Here's what they meant.
44 is the country phone code for the UK.
914 is a date: September 14
So....I knew God wanted me to go to the UK specifically on September 14, which I promptly prepared to do.
I made a point to visit all the counties in the UK - England, Wales, Scotland & North Ireland.
Wow, I thought, now I can see "Little Willie" the famous Scottish pearl, also called Abernethy Pearl after the man who found it, that was on display at the time at Cairncross Jewelers in Perth, Scotland.
Abernethy Pearl - Little Willie
So, there it was neatly on display in a lovely case.
I took these photos and enjoyed a chat with the store owner about natural pearls, which their store has a special license to sell, since it is now illegal to gather natural pearls in Scotland.
Much is being done, however, to bring back the once thriving mussel populations in Scotland.
But after seeing the Abernethy pearl I've seen natural USA pearls also with perfect round shape, amazing luster and much larger, so now I think a bit like, "what's all the fuss about this pearl?"
One valuable lesson I learned is to name a pearl that is special. Something, even a pearl, has more value and is easier to remember and identify if it has a name.
I have advised many people to name a unique pearl they've told me about. If you have a pearl that is special to you, give it a name.
I took this photo of the River Tay, in which Little Willie was found, with the Perth Smeaton bridge, built in 1771. This bridge is still very much in use.
I think you will enjoy this vintage video of Bill Abernethy looking for pearls in the River Tay, in his homemade canvas boat.
Bill Abernethy, pearl fisherman in April 1989 (photo: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
I had great fun in Scotland. Some folks with very heavy accents were sometimes impossible to understand but that all added to the thrill of being there.
I just ordered this book and look forward to reading it.
Hear Bill Abernethy voice on this short BBC documentary about Scotland's last pearl fisherman.
Now, I need to go and plant my Canna Lilies.
I have lots of natural freshwater pearls for sale, like those found in Scotland, but these are
USA natural freshwater pearls
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