John's Pearl Collection

by John

Pearl Collection

Pearl Collection

Hi, I'm John from MA. I work with seafood, mainly shucking and delivery.

Over the years I have been collecting pearls.

I would love to sell my pearls but, i don't know the values of them. I was hoping that by posting them on your website would get people to look at them and explore the values.

Most of the white pearls are from quahog, and sea clam, and some of the pearls are from conchs.

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Jan 17, 2009
John would be happy to show you his pearls
by: Kari

Hi Mandy,

John would be happy to show you his pearls, but we need to know how to get in touch with you.

Could you please email me here:
karipearls(AT)gmal(DOT)com and give me your email address. I can get you in touch with John. His pearls are amaziing!


Dec 21, 2008
:: swoon ::
by: Mandy

I'm even more impressed than I was before. That is a truly amazing collection! Part of me wants to tell you they're absolutely worthless and I'd take them off your hands for a pittance, but I'm too honest for that. ;) If I hadn't already paid a couple of pretty pennies to get a quahog pearl and a conch pearl for my gem collection, I'd still hardly be able to afford to make you an offer for just *one* of those.

I won't begin to speculate at prices for them here, but I also can't really point you in the direction of a good appraiser. I've heard there are a couple "experts", but they seem to be hard to get in touch with. And it's been said that standard gemological appraisal techniques have a tendency to destroy these little beauties (!), so be careful who you take them to.

Unfortunately, with the economy the way it is now, you're not likely to get anywhere near what they're actually worth if you try to sell them. I'd say keep them as a collection for now, and when people have money to spend again, look at selling the more colorful, "normal"-shaped, and particularly shiny ones individually and the others in lots. Then again, I have a hunch they could be worth even more if kept all together, simply because of the diversity of shapes and colors. I would love to just look at them all up close and personal. (And with you in MA and me in RI, that's not such a far-fetched idea. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge. ;)

Dec 20, 2008
Close Up Photos of John's Pearls
by: Kari

Hi Mandy and all,

John has sent me some closeup photos of his neat they are.

conch pearl magnified
Conch Pearl magnified showing flame pattern.

Johns conch pearl
Conch Pearls

John's Four Quahog Pearls
Quahog Pearls

John's quahog pearls with dime
John's Quahog Pearls with Dime

Six quahog pearls belonging to John
Six quahog Pearls

Dec 14, 2008
by: Mandy

You have an amazing collection there! I'm particularly intrigued by the conch pearls. Could you send Kari another picture with something like a coin to provide some scale? That would help me and anyone else interested get an idea of how much they're worth. Even without knowing the size, it looks like some of them gem quality and potentially quite valuable!

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