Found a dark purple pearl

by Yolande


My husband has been clamming in Duxbury, MA for many years now. We eat shellfish all year long. He even clams in the winter. We were eating steamed quahogs last week and my husband found it. It is dark purple and is 6mm long with almost 5mm wide. I am wondering if it is worth anything or where I should go with it. Any information would be much appreciated. I should tell you all that I make jewelry as a hobby and years ago named my hobby The Purple Pearl. I learned how to do this from my Mother who has passed and liked the name since she loved the ocean so.
Thank you for listening. Yolande- The Purple Pearl

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Oct 15, 2010
another Duxbury clam
by: Anonymous

I live in Duxbury as well and found a quohog pearl a few years back. I am wondering what to do with it also. I was advised by a local jeweler that it might be worth alot of money. Any advise would be welcolm. Thank you!

Sep 28, 2010
by: Dux neighbor

Yolanda, I also live in Dux and have also found a quohog pearl. I am wondering what you are going to do with yours. I understand that they can be very valuable.

Jul 01, 2010
by: Kari

Hi Yolanda,

Congrats on finding a purple pearl and I love the significance of it with you owning a business by that name! What are the chances?

Yes, these pearls have value and are usually sold by carat weight. Purple quahog pearls have the most value and are valued also according to size, shape, etc.

A couple of ideas for getting an appraisal is through the EGL gemological lab (212-730-7380) or with Gina Latendresse at American Pearl Company in Tennessee (800-288-2877). Also, auction houses normally have valuation days where they give appraisals. You'd have to check out auction house websites such as Bonhams.

Thanks for letting us know about your special pearl find!

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