Oyster Pearl Found in Suffolk
Emiliana Ammirata with the pearl she found in an oyster bought from Pinney's of Orford (Image: Joe Beveridge)
A couple who discovered a pearl in an oyster shell while visiting a Suffolk village have described how the one-in-10,000 chance event was like "winning the lottery".
Joe Beveridge, 33, and his partner Emiliana Ammirata, 26, were spending a weekend away in Orford and decided to get some oysters and fish for their evening meal from seafood restaurant and shop Pinney’s of Orford, in Quay Street.
However, as Emiliana was eating her oyster she noticed what she thought was a bit of grit in her mouth, only to discover the precious white gemstone, which is created by the oyster as a defence against parasites.
Depending on their quality, natural pearls can be worth up to millions of pounds, but Mr Beveridge said he intended to turn it into a necklace for Emiliana.
He said: “Emi, my partner, discovered the pearl as she was eating the oyster. She thought it was a bit of grit and almost swallowed it, but luckily, we realised before she did.
Article source: https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/23151686.couple-find-one-10-000-pearl-suffolk-oyster/