I worked on the Mississippi River for 5 years as a commercial clammer and found a number of pearls.
by Don Heiring
(Fennimore, WI 53809)
I clammed on the Mississippi River for 5 summers form 1991-1995. We sold the clams for the shell that were made into round beads to be inserted into oysters to make a cultured pearl. I was going to college at the time and it was a nice summer job.
I was hooked on pearls the day I found my first one. It was about an 8mm and pink. I was amazed that anything so beautiful could come from an ugly black clam.
I went on the find about 30 in all, over the next 5 years. I also found a number of baroques that are odd shaped pearls. They range from about 1mm up to about 10mm. They are different colors and have a range of lusters.
I sold about 5 of my pearls the largest being a 12mm white. I am looking to sell some of the others that I have, but my previous buyer no longer is in the pearl market.
If there is anyone interested please respond. I will guarantee these to be 100% natural pearls from the Mississippi River. Thanks, Don.