Two Pearls Found in One Oyster at La Poissonnerie Fishmongers
Two pearls found in one oyster
WHEN Caroline Costello heard a crunch while eating an oyster, she feared the worst.
She immediately spat it out, expecting to see half a molar on her plate.
But to her surprise she found not one, but two oyster pearls.
She said: "Whether I'm eating chicken or fish I always manage to get a bone. I thought 'here we go again', I just presumed it was a piece of shell or my tooth breaking.
"When I spat it out on the plate and saw it was a pearl I couldn't believe it. I carried on eating the same oyster and the same happened again."
Miss Costello, 33, and fiancée Mark Jupp, 37, had been to La Poissonnerie fishmongers, in Brighton Road, Shoreham, to buy a batch of oysters and champagne to celebrate moving into their new home in Graham Avenue, Portslade.
"After we found the pearls I went back to the fishmongers and told them. They had never heard of it before, a million to one chance."
Not only did Miss Costello find two pearls in the one oyster - but they were also different colours.
The couple are yet to get the two pearls properly valued, although one Brighton jeweller told The Argus they could be worth up to £1,000 depending on the quality.
Ms Costello added: "I would like to get them made into some form of jewellery, it is certainly a good omen for our new home anyway."