Giddy with Joy after Given a Blister Pearl
(Holland, MI, USA)
Blister Pearl from Michigan
My fiance was deer hunting on the Kalamazoo River in Michigan October 2008, when he came upon this find. The shell, 5 3/8" long, was open and empty. He brought it home and showed me a pearl, 3/8", that was embedded into the shell, also called, as I found out, a 'blister pearl'. I was excited! I had never seen anything like it. I was amazed, thought it very sweet of him! I am still searching for information on this kind of pearl. I don't care what it's worth but it would be interesting to find out. Not that I'm going to get rid of it or anything, I want to turn it into a stone on a necklace as a keepsake of his find and sweetness. As I looked closer at the shell, I noticed a smaller 'blister' on the opposite side, about 1/8" that, if possible when removed, would be turned into a stone on a ring. But so far with my research I have not found out how to remove these pearls from their shell and what to do with them afterwards. Any further help would be greatly appreciated.