Chesapeake Bay Oyster Pearl found in Toronto
(Newmarket, Ontario, Canada)
My friend and I were enjoying pre-theatre oysters accompanied by a crisp Pinot Grigio when I felt something odd in my mouth. Thinking it was a rather large piece of grit I plucked it gently from my mouth as surrepticiously as possible. When I looked down into my hand to my delight I found a pearl. Knowing oysters are farmed and not well aged I was really surprised at my little find. It came from a Chesapeake Bay Oyster.I showed it to our waitress and no-one on staff that night had seen a patron find a pearl before so I was a mini celebrity at the bar for a few minutes.
I brought my pearl and the shell of the oyster it came in home. The pearl is rather fragile so it will live on a shelf along with other vacation finds such as various bits of tumbled glass, shells and a pale green sea urchin from the Newfoundland Shoreline.
But I do feel it was a good omen