Discovery of natural pearls is rare or not?
At 07/17/2011 I posted a thread “Pinctada shell found with 85 natural pearls in it”, the news of my discovery were published on "Argonauta", online magazine by “International Malacology Association” see link:
and on some other internet sites in English and Italian language.
In about one year I don’t know any case like mine, I was in contact with famous pearls experts like Elisabeth Strack, who wrote me that she “has seen similar examples in the backrooms of Zoological museums”.
Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki, Director of Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, wrote that my discovery “is funny, but not at all a very rare finding”.
I sent them many e-mail where I asked to tell me where I can find news of similar discovery and the names of Zoological museums that have in the backrooms Pinctada shells with many pearls but they never answered.
If finding 85 pearls in the same Pinctada is not at all very rare, I think that finding a pearl in a wild Pinctada should be almost common.
Now many web pages in all languages of the world write news like this:
“Natural pearls are extremely rare. In nature, only about one in 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl. Of those, only a small percentage will achieve the size, shape, and color of a desirable gemstone. The odds of finding a perfect natural pearl are around one in a million”, see for example the link:
It is not right if it is not true.