Fossil Pearl Found in Iowa
(Humboldt, Iowa USA)
Fossil Pearl fround September 2008
The last week in September 2008. My 8 year old niece, I call her Sweet Pea, and I were fossil hunting the rock cliffs along the West Des Moines River in Humboldt, Iowa. We found a large snail fossil about 12 foot up the side of the cliff. We climbed the cliff to slowly remove the fossil from the solid wall of lime rock. My niece noticed a crack in the wall near the snail fossil. She saw something shinny in the crack. I climbed down and found a stick for her to poke in the crack. She did and out of the crack came this beautiful gem. It appears off white but when placed near other objects it takes on a lightly blue tint. Not sure if it is worth much, is a little over a half an inch in diameter and the most beautiful thing we have found on our adventures so far. If you have some insight I would be happy to read you.
Thank you, Shellane and Sweet Pea
P.S. Our snail fossil find meassures 4 inches in length and 3 inches in width.
Shellane has added this new photo and started a new page about her pearl. See her new page here