I found a pearl in the shell

by Brian Young
(Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Pearl Found in a Shell

Pearl Found in a Shell

I was walking down the waterway here were I live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, saw a shell, picked it up cause my wife said it was pretty, put it in my shell bag and kept walking.

When I got home I started to wash the shells off. The mud and clay were stuck in them. I had them in a big three inch deep glass washing them off in the sink when I picked one of the shells up and noticed there was still a little bit of clay left in one the shells. I couldn't dig it out with my finger so I grabbed a butter knife and started to clean the clay that was stuck in the back of the shell when all the sudden a little white ball came out and fell in the glass dish that I was using. I picked it up and washed it off.

Then I realized what I just found. Possibly a pearl that is millions of years old because the waterway was man made back in World War I along the ocean to hide the ships from the bad people. So the army dug this thing and when they did they dug up a lot of old very old sea shells and until this day people find sharks teeth the size of a small cell phone that are millions of years old.

When I was 13 I found a bottom half of a elephant jaw still attached with the real round teeth inside the jaw. I gave it to my grandmother and she took it to a museum where they told her it was from a elephant that was around here millions of years ago.

So with that said, do you think I found something that's worth a lot because of how old it could be and where it was found and because it is rare?

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Nov 07, 2011
by: Anonymous

I was picking oysters on a stoney last week and to my amazement 1 of them had 3 white pearls in it 1 very small but very round to pear shaped but and 1 quite big would anyone know if they would be worth any thing. Mike

May 31, 2011
Nice pearl with shell
by: Kari

Hello Brian,

Thanks for submitting your pearl find. It is most unusual to find a pearl this way. I'm glad you were using a bowl so you didn't lose the pearl down a drain.

It's a wonderful photo of the pearl and shell.

I think your other find is fascinating too.

One of my sons was stationed in South Carolina and we would hear of people finding sharks teeth on the beach somewhere.

I do not know the value but since the museum was able to identify the elephant bone, they might be interested in seeing this too as they would know more about your local area.

Your pearl might fall under the "fossil pearl" category. See here the world's largest fossil pearl which is in a museum in Vienna.

Thanks again and God bless!

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