Clam Pearls from Cape Cod

by Paul
(Dutchess Co. NY.)

CLam Pearls from Cape Cod

CLam Pearls from Cape Cod

In August of 2002 I was shucking little neck clams in the kitchen sink when I heard something fall into the sink. I was suprised to find a pearl that had white and purple colors in it. My father who has shucked thousands of clams over 50 years of working clam bakes was lucky to find just one during all that time.

I returned to Nickersons Seafood in Chatham the next day and bought another 2Lbs. I wasn't thinking about the day before, when after opening about the 6th clam, two more pearls fell into the sink once again!

My father and I were in shock.

One pearl was a bowling pin shape and the other was round.

I returned to the market the next day and told the workers about the pearls and asked if any one else had such luck. They said no and one man said he never come across one.

I have kept them in a small container all this time but after reading this story, I would like to find out more about these pearls.


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Jan 04, 2008
Lucky & Current Market Price
by: Kari

Hey Paul,

Wow....I hope I remember to invite you if I ever go pearl hunting! It would be great to have such a lucky guy on board!

You're very lucky that the pearls didn't go down the drain. That's happened to me while wearing a pearl ring...twice! Once we even opened the pipes...but was gone. It's always best to buy pearl rings that have clamps and not just glue.

I talked with a fellow today who pays about $200/carat for nice purple or lavender Quahog pearls. For white clam pearls the price is $50+/carat.

These natural pearls are most often sold by weight and other characteristics also count, like shape, condition, color, size.

There are maybe other markets as well, but that is at last one practical price point to consider, if you're thinking about selling your pearl.

Your local jeweler may be able to help you out with finding your pearl's carat weight.


Jan 03, 2008
by: Anonymous

I went to Cape Cod too it was fun

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