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Natural Pearls
07-19-2011, 11:42 AM

This afternoon my wife found a 6.25mm purple quahog pearl in a clam that she was eating at a company picnic. We looked online and found this to be a rare item. We are reaching out to you to see if might have information as to how we can find out if our pearl holds any value. it is purple in color,almost perfectly round, and measures approx 6.25mm. we do have pictures of it also.

Here are the steps you should take to value your new natural pearl.

A pearl such as this is rare and you should follow these steps:

(1) Have the pearl certified by the Gemological Institute of American through a CPC Report (Cultured Pearl Classification Report) so you can prove it is a natural pearl versus a cultured pearl
(2) Contact the auction houses. Sothebys, Christies and Phillips are among the popular ones
(3) Meet with a representative from the auction house and try to sell your pearl at auction is a good way to get a higher value
(4) Shop your newly certified pearl among Antique or Estate Jewelry Dealers as they often are looking to buy natural pearls. There is a jewelry industry directory called The Jewelers Board of Trade Confidential Reference Book that lists every wholesale jeweler in the United States by state and then broken down by town. This would be a very good way to find an Antique or Estate Jeweler. The JCK (Jewelers Circular Keystone) may also have a directory that is searchable by category instead of trying to find a buyer geographically.
(5) Take a photograph, weigh and measure your new pearl so you have it for your records.

Once you have all this information, it is possible to compare the characteristics of this natural pearl to other natural pearls that have recently sold.

If you decide that you would like to keep the pearl and make a custom piece of jewelry with it, American Pearl's designers would be happy to assist you in making a custom necklace, pendant, ring or other jewel.

We phoned Sotheybs today to find out what kind of natural pearls that they are willing to take in for Auction and try to market. They range in price from $5,000 to $200,000

Last edited by pearleducation; 07-28-2011 at 03:53 PM.
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