Antique show find

by Michelle
(Albertville Mn. U.S.A.)

Minnesota Pearl?

Minnesota Pearl?

I found this little beauty a couple of years ago at an Antique show at the Har Mar Mall in Rosedale Mn (just on the outskirts of St. Paul). It has a small (probably a 5-6mm) pinkish pearl set into a flower that was carved from mop. I have always thought that it was a real pearl as it is mishapen and a little bumpy, what I didn't know was if it was natural or cultured. I own a lot of cultured freshwater pearl jewelry but none of those can even come close to this one in its color and luster. When I move it, I see different colors in the pearl. I absolutely love this pin and when I found this website and read about the pearls that have been found in Lake Pepin, I couldn't believe it. I love to imagine that my little pearl could actually be from here in Minnesota. This is my favorite pearl piece and I think it was a steal at $17.00 :)

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Jul 06, 2009
by: Kari


Your brooch is beautiful! If you're curious about it maybe being a Lake Pepin pearl, you could take it to the jewelry store there and have Steve Swan take a look at it. He would be the best one to give you an opinion about it as he sells the natural pearls.

I love scouting around in the local antique shops where I live for pearl items. Since I live on the Mississippi river, there were quite a few pieces made using the natural river pearls and I too think I have found a few pieces of jewelry made with them.

At any rate, I'm glad you enjoy your lovely brooch and I would agree you got a good price on it.

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