Rare purple pearl found in shells by Delaware Diner

A Pennsylvania man was lucky as a clam after finding a purple pearl in a shellfish while dining in Delaware.

Scott Overland, of Phoenixville, told NBC10 Philadelphia he was eating with his wife and children at Salt Air in Rehoboth Beach when he found the rare, glittering treasure in a seashell.

At first they thought it was some kind of pearl or candy.

“We thought the chef threw something in there,” he said.

A purple pearl.
Scott Overland said he plans to have the pearl appraised.
Scott Overland
Scott Overland
Overland dined at Salt Air in Rehoboth Beach.
Scott Overland/LinkedIn

Upon closer inspection, however, he realized that it must have come from inside the shell.

“When we looked at the shell, we saw this little indentation on the shell, in the shell, where it was growing, so we thought it was probably something from inside the shell,” he said.

Overland said he almost sent the mussels back before finding the pearl because of a pepper garnish his wife didn’t like.

He said he plans to have the pearl appraised.

While pearls are usually formed in the shells of live oysters, they can also form in other shellfish such as clams and mussels.

Depending on their color, size, and where the pearl was formed — naturally in the wild or farm-bred — they can be worth thousands of dollars, but on average they’re worth anywhere from $300 to $1,500, according to The Pearl Source .

https://nypost.com/2022/08/16/rare-purple-pearl-found-inside-clam-by-delaware-diner/ Rare purple pearl found in shells by Delaware Diner


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