The thread on Croatian river pearls has a little bit on Scottish river pearls, and the excerpt from Strack got me wondering where I could see some (I'm in Edinburgh). I know the Scottish Crown jewels have natural pearls and you can see them at Edinburgh Castle, but I couldn't find any close-ups of any pieces. There's also the Abernathy pearl that's on display at Cairncross Jewelry store, Perth. Apart from those two I couldn't find any places that exhibit Scottish pearls. I found some interesting articles on poaching and the mussel and one site that's selling natural Scottish pearls. I was surprised to find out that taking the mussels only became illegal in 1998! Anyway, on to the linksHopefully an expert can weigh in, but is there a way to use pearl farming to boost the numbers of the mussels in Scottish rivers and maybe curb poaching?
Scottish Crown jewels http://www.rampantscotland.com/edinb...edin_crown.htm
Abernathy pearl http://www.karipearls.com/abernathy-pearl.html
Scottish pearl jewelry that will go on sale eventuallyhttp://www.alistirtaitgem.co.uk/scotgp.html
I just got a kick out of this one, it's from a book published in the 1800s that has a bit on Scottish pearls, http://books.google.com/books?id=ZrQ...sult#PPA306,M1
An article from 2001 http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...6/ai_n14382049
These mussels don't have a chance They take 15 years to reach maturity not to mention that they need salmon and trout (which I think are also on the decline in Scotland) to host the spat. This article from 2005 mentions raids on jewelers in Glasgow and Edinburgh who had caches of Scottish natural pearls.
Also from 2005, it mentions that jewelers in Scotland can register to sell natural pearls that were harvested before 2008 http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...05/ai_n9499584
A short article on pearl thieves http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...ds/5324394.stm
This last one is from 2008 and unfortunately not much has changed http://www.scottishfoodanddrink.com/...?item_id=56108