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I've had this pearl for a long time. Is it worth anything?

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  • I've had this pearl for a long time. Is it worth anything?

    When I was little my granddad brought home this little box with a necklace and a mollusk in it. I opened the mollusk and found a tiny white pearl inside. I've had it ever since in the little locket necklace. I was wondering if it was worth anything. Click image for larger version

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  • #2
    Hi and welcome.
    As a present from a grandfather this is priceless, but in re-sale second hand monetary terms, as a single pearl, not much, even though it looks a good shape with clean surface and good lustre.
    What it sounds as if happened is that your grandfather came upon a 'wish pearl' set up at a tourist site, where shells are seeded with pearls and the customer picks the shell and opens it and there's the pearl. Great souvenir but only a few pence in re-sale value.
    You could get the pearl half drilled to make a more professional looking pendant, since this would free it from its cage.
    Author:Pearls A Practical Guide published by Crowood Jan 2021


    • #3
      Agreed, It has essentially no resale value.

      Is there a young girl in your life who might treasure it?
      Or, you could half-drill it for a ring, just to wear it differently.