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    Wouldn't want to smash a real one! I am serious about asking the finder to get it examined. It would end the coconut pearl controversy for once and for all. Coconut pearls do not seem to have much mystical intensity compared to some of the others. But to be the finder of one in situ is a lucky, lucky break, because it will solve a pesky problem about coconut pearls.
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    Caitlin, I agree, it would be fascinating to find out its compostion from a lab and settle the question. Maybe the owner will do so hopefully.

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    Yes. It was found in Papua New Guinea, part of Indonesia. Just a hop from Australia. And without touching it, I can't tell if the pearls themselves aren't from Tridacna clams. No wonder scientists have been claiming that is what they are.

    One other factoid. The tourist coconut pearls come in pairs, so the evidence really needs to be tested before acceptance. This does seem to be a possiblity and it should be examined by experts, maybe a team of them. That has been done by someone on this forum before, on another almost mythical pearl, and he ended up being a world expert on his pearls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koerniawan79 View Post
    So the existence and authenticity of these pearls are still in doubt. Sorry my limited knowledge about pearl. From some sources on the web these are considered as pearl, and shared mine in this forum. I found these pearls on my trip to an Island in Papua. cracked it to drink the water and taste the coconut and saw these thing just like my first picture. Tried to pulled the pearl up from the coconut but I am affraid it will scratch it. I decided to bring it home and wait until the coconut got rotten and soften. I have to wait for almost a month to finally picked it up without scrathed it.

    A necklace with a golden pendant would be georgeous with these pearls. I think.

    Thanks everybody
    Having found these yourself adds tremendous provenance. There are differing opinions about them, but there is no substitute for finding something yourself.

    Now that I know you are the finder. I have a multitude of questions.

    First. Documentation. I will ask you at this time to write a report in simple point form.

    Identify the species in common and latin names. List time, date and location of harvest.

    Generalize the age of the tree and comment on the ripeness and quality of the water/flesh.

    Briefly describe how you came to the island and how you encountered the specimen.

    Briefly describe the tool used to open it, and the angle from which it was struck. Likewise describe how many pieces were created.

    Now, most importantly... describe the location of the specimens. For example, top, bottom... near a crack in the shell, or at one of the spots (whatever they're called, lol) or just random perhaps.

    Did the specimens appear attached to anything, threads, veins or membranes?

    Measure the size on all 3 axis. Weigh in grams, individually.

    Describe, hot or cold to touch. Do they appear light or heavy when held. Are they gritty? Easily scratched? Easily dimpled?

    Inspect the shell closely. Look for signs of cracking, misshapen, holes bored by bugs, etc.

    Lastly, gather as many photographs, plane tickets, receipts and witnesses. Simply proving your trip and time of harvest goes a long way to help.

    Put all these things together, you might find yourself pioneering something very new. Once we have a few more answers, we can discuss labs, because I'm not certain which might be the most appropriate at this time. In the meanwhile, some simple macro shots and some minor microscospy should give us a closer look at the structure.

    Good luck to you.

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    It will take some work for parts of the agenda Dave has laid out for you, but the reward should be worth the trouble it takes getting everything together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caitlin View Post
    It will take some work for parts of the agenda Dave has laid out for you, but the reward should be worth the trouble it takes getting everything together.
    I am on it

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    Yes. And come back and tell us. We will be thrilled if you get a firm id on those pearls.
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    Hello, does anyone have some information if the claim about the authenticity of the coconut "pearls" has been proved or disproved?

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    Hello Eva! And welcome to our pearl-loving forum
    I really haven't heard anything about these "pearls" in quite a long time! Let us see what our Pearl Experts have to share with us on the subject! If you have any recent information please do share it here with us!
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