Share Your Stories of Muscatine Pearls

Muscatine pearls often enter a conversation as I speak with folks around town about the local Muscatine button industry and hear the stories of cutting, carding or polishing buttons.

Lots of the nicest pearls were brought home for a wife or sweetheart and often put into a ring, brooch or other jewelry piece as a memento of Muscatine.

These are real American treasures and I invite you to share the story about your local Mississippi River pearls here and also share a photo so everyone can enjoy the lovely natural pearls.

Natural River Pearl Ring
Button Museum

Mississippi River Pearls
River Pearls Owned by Anne Moody

Have A Great Story About Muscatine Pearls?

Do you have a great story about Muscatine pearls? Share it! And show off your Muscatine pearls.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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This my Great Grandmothers pearl. It's 100 yrs old 
This pearl was found in the Mississippi river back in the 1920s by a worker at the Muscatine Button Factory. He was my Great Grandfather. His name was …

4 Colorful Mississippi River Pearls 
These four beautiful Mississippi River pearls were found in Iowa. They are all gem quality and exhibit amazing pastel shades of color. The USA is a rich …

Grandma called these 'river pearls' 
We do not know the full history of this necklace but we think that they are lovely. The hope is that we can learn something more. We are guessing that …

Mississippi River Pearl Ring Not rated yet
This gorgeous pearl ring contains a pearl found in the Mississippi River near Muscatine, Iowa. During the hay days of clamming many folks found pearls. …

Three Matching Natural Pearls USA Not rated yet
Type of pearl: Natural Freshwater Pearls Shape: Near Round Color: White Location of Origin: USA Unique Features: Extremely rare to …

My Great Grandfather: The Pearl hunter Not rated yet
My Great Grandfather knew Mr. Boppel from Muscatine and was involved in the development of the Mussel shell industry on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. …

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