Couple Finds Rare Pearl in Clam Dinner
Purple pearl at local restaurant could be worth thousands
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 4:00 AM CST
Leslie and George Brock pose with a rare purple pearl found while eating a plate of steamed clams at Dave's Last Resort in Lake Worth, Fla. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. At least one expert said the find could...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Florida couple found an extremely rare purple pearl in their steamed clam dinner that could turn out to be worth thousands of dollars. The two stopped for seafood at a local restaurant when the man bit down on something hard in one of his middleneck clams. When cleaned off, it turned out to be a small purple pearl.

Purple clam pearls are exceedingly unusual and some have been valued as high as $25,000, though an expert guesses this one is worth more like $1,000-$1,500, based on a photo of the find. The diners are having their pearl appraised and say if it's valuable they'll sell it and use the money to retire early or help animals.