The word “pearl” immediately recalls a precious round gem, white and flawless, a sybol of purity and elegance. But nature would be too predictable is it would donate to us the same things.
Quahog pearls, infact, have nothing of white or perlescent since they aren’t made of mother-of-pearl at all, but more like ceramic. A very unique pearl indeed.
Produce by a particular type of mussel with shell, the Mercenaria Mercenaria, which can be found in the costal waters from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Gulf of Mexico. The pearl that comes from this mussel is very rare even if the mussel itself is pretty common, above all as a sea fruct to eat.
Foundable in white, beige or brown colors, this rare pearl is particularly appreciated in lavender, the rarest in nature; the same shell is very particular, thanks to its hardness – harder even than lapis lazuli and malachite – it protecs excellently its precious treasure, showing at the same time different combinations of colors and patterns on the surface of the shell depending on the habitat.
With a 40-years of life perspective, this mussel was discovered in 1620 by the Pilgrim Fathers, which fistly landed on the future territories of Massachusetts.
Nowaday these pearls are maybe the most precious in the world since they are the only purple pearls from salt water with a considerable size and incredible rarity.