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US diners find rare purple pearl in plate of clams

US diners find rare purple pearl in plate of clams

A couple in Florida enjoying a plate of steamed clams made an unusual discovery: A rare purple pearl.
George and Leslie Brock stopped into Dave's Last Resort & Raw Bar on Friday during a day at the beach. George Brock was about halfway through a dozen clams when he chomped down on something hard _ a rare iridescent purple pearl.
At least one expert said the find could be worth thousands of dollars (euros).
"Few are round and few are a lovely color, so this is rare," Vermont gemologist Antoinette Matlins told The Palm Beach Post for its Monday edition. "I think they have found something precious and lovely and valuable."
The gems occur most frequently in large New England quahogs, clams known for violet coloring on the inside of their shells.
Brock's $10 (euro6.80) plate of clams came from Apalachicola in the Florida Panhandle, said restaurant manager Tom Gerry.
The couple plan to have the pearl appraised and said they will sell it if it is worth a lot of money.


Updated : 2021-04-13 10:33 GMT+08:00