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Norwegian Pearls for Sale - Blue Mussel Pearls in Bulk
May 18, 2016
Now is your chance to own Norwegian blue mussel pearls taken from the Norwegian Sea and I'm offering them in bulk quantities of 50 carats.
Click on photos for buying options or see below.
There are endless possibilities for these pearls. Brooches, earrings, pendants or just for a collection of natural pearls with their wide range of colors.
A sample photo of the shapes and colors your order would contain. I think they'd make neat bunches of grapes for pieces of jewelry.
Photo of blue mussel pearl still in the shell.
Carat Weight: 10 grams or 50 carats (total of each group for sale)
Shape: Round, Baroque
Size: from 1mm to 7 mm
Colors: White, Silver, Blue, Black, Purple, Bi-color, Tricolor
Location of Origin: Norwegian Sea
Price: $950 for 10 grams (50 carats)
You are buying 10 grams (50 carats) of blue mussel pearls. You may purchase more than 10 grams.
Mytilus edulis (Linnaeus, 1758) is a medium-sized edible marine bivalve mollusc. Blue mussels are found on the North Atlantic coast of North America, Europe, and in other temperate and polar waters around the world.
Blue mussels live in intertidal areas attached to rocks and other hard substrates by strong (and somewhat elastic) thread-like structures called byssal threads; these are secreted by byssal glands located in the foot of the mussel.
The shell is smooth with a sculpturing of fine concentric growth lines but no radiating ribs. The shells of this species are purple, blue or sometimes brown in color, occasionally with radial stripes.
Kunz, in his 1908 pearl book, has this to say about blue mussel pearls.
The small blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) of the British seas yields opaque pearls of a deep blue color, but most of them are more or less white in some part. Sometimes a shell is found in which a blue pearl will be adhering to the blue lip of the shell while a dull white one adheres to the white portion of the shell. These pearls are commonly flattened on one side, doubtless where they have been adjacent to the shell. None of them is of more than very slight value.
Probably the principal fishery for the salt-water mussel pearls is that in the estuary of the Conway in Wales. These are mostly quite small and well answer the designation of seed-pearls, although a few are of fair size. In color most of them range from dirty white to the dusky or brownish tint noted by Tacitus eighteen centuries ago, but a few are of a pure silvery tint. In some seasons London dealers have agents at Conway for purchasing these pearls. The price is usually from eight to thirty shillings per ounce.
I love hearing about anything Norwegian, because that is my heritage. Both of my grandfathers were raised on the fjords in western Norway and immigrated to the USA as teenagers. I'm blessed to be acquainted with whole villages of cousins who still live in Norway.
I even have a copy of a rare photo of my 6th great-grandfather, who apparently was quite famous in his day.
Norway is such a lovely country. I think it is impossible to take a bad photo in Norway because which ever way your camera is pointing is a scene of beauty.
My cousin, Anne Greta, has made a fun website celebrating her homeland of Norway - Norway-Hei.com. Take a peek and enjoy!
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