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Do pearls wash ashore?

Asked by Ltryptophan (9108 points ) May 5th, 2010

When an oyster dies of natural causes, and contains a pearl, will that oysters shell eventually open and out pop its pearl?

Shouldn’t the seabed have pearls down there then just laying about? Might they roll ashore like an errant seashell?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

Pearls are delicate things. Any pearls rolling around loose on the ocean floor will be scuffed and marred to the point they have no value.

Ltryptophan's avatar

I would like a pearl like that…I would value it.

DarkScribe's avatar

Sand is full of shell particles and mother-of-pearl. There is probably some degree of pearl residue as well as it is effectively the same thing. It is fragmented and valueless though – not the sort of thing to give Mother on Mother’s Day.

Tomfafa's avatar

“She is mine own,

And I as rich in having such a jewel

As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,

The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.”

Shakespear

lillycoyote's avatar

@Ltryptophan I pick up lots of stuff on the beach. Monday I found a fully intact starfish, rose colored, about 6 inches across. Don’t worry, it was already dead when I came across it. I have never seen a pearl washed up on shore but that doesn’t mean they don’t. But if I ever do find a scruffy, washed-up pearl, I will send it to you, because you will value it. ( The Velveteen Pearl, by Ltryptophan) ; )

sassy1's avatar

Yes they can, but its better to get them fresh out of the shell. they like to be in not to deep of water and what you would do is dive down witha nife and cut it from its bed and unclamp it to find a fresh pearl. :)

Tomfafa's avatar

@sassy1 The image of a girl in a bikini, knife in her belt, diving freestyle in the sunshine for pearls just turns me on… not sure why…

sassy1's avatar

haha maybe ill show you how its done.

Tomfafa's avatar

@sassy1 I would surely like to finally find a pearl, my pearl, and a sassy 1 for sure!

Yetanotheruser's avatar

@Tomfafa, @sassy1, maybe something like this?

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