by Leighton
(Cape Cod , MA USA)

Quahog Pearl in Shell

Quahog Pearl in Shell


I am writing to find a bit more information about my quahog pearl. It is still stuck to the shell it was grown in. I have had it for about 30 years, and never thought much of it till recently. It is not the purple color that most of them are. This one seems to be a milky white color, and it is about a half inch wide. I found this while digging in a town on Cape Cod, In Mass. Can anyone tell me what the value might be for such a specimen? Thank You in advance. LPHJR.


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Jan 04, 2008
Interesting Blister Pearl
by: Kari

You have a very interesting collector's item of a Quahog blister pearl. I've never seen one before. I don't know how the following information would fit with your pearl, but it would have some relationship. Museums for sure would like your sort of pearl.

I talked with a fellow today who pays about $200/carat for nice purple or lavender Quahog pearls. For white clam pearls the price is $50+/carat.

These natural pearls are most often sold by weight and other characteristics also count, like shape, condition, color, size.

There are maybe other markets as well, but that is at last one practical price point to consider, if you're thinking about selling your pearl.

Your local jeweler may be able to help you out with finding your pearl's carat weight.


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