Wow! I stand corrected...but with Mussels. I have never seen these pearls in Pteriidae nor heard of anyone else seeing any in the bysuss. Maybe Josh can join us and tell us about his experience with Pinctada margaritifera.
I have extracted "byssus pearls" from within the bysuss itself...but they are never plentiful (as the description) and certainly not shiny nor nacreous.
Great Photos Dave and thank you for sharing them!
Thanks Dave and Douglas,
at the end of this thread I think the 26 pearls of Lebanon may be cysts hardened by cooking, but even if they were pearls are even smaller and of smaller number of my pearls and also the shell is very small and without blister pearls.
Despite all this news was published in major newspapers around the world and on hundreds of websites.
The news of my discovery, much more significant, with certification of pearls by CISGEM and the movie of their extraction from the mother shell is only on this forum and some niche portals.
Maybe there are other cases of similar finds of many pearls produced by a single shell genus Pinctada, someone can point them to me?
I want to point out that my article, in Italian and English, on the discovery of pearls has been published in "Argonauta", online magazine by “International Malacology Association” www.amimalakos.com , see link:
I think the article may provide more detailed information.
Hey! Thanks for that info. I have to actually read it later- I'll get back.
Dr. Monica Leonardi, of the Natural History Museum of Milan, has focused on the problem of classification of my shell, she says, with certainty, which is a Pinctada margaritifera and not believed to be reliable references to subspecies as "erythrensis" because there are not enough case studies that demonstrate the existence, she told me that the differences in color, size, shape and other, may depend on the marine environment and may characterize the examples of some areas.
I want to point out that a post, on my the discovery of pearls has been published by Adriano Genisi, an Italian gemmologist, GIA graduated see link:
Thanks for reporting that! I am glad it is getting some articles!
Congratulations on this useful article being published and getting some recognition.
SO MANY PEARLS, SO LITTLE TIME----
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