What are the odds? FINDING A NATURAL PEARL IN AN OYSTER

Last Updated on May 24, 2022 by Carla Jonas

You’ve probably heard the stories. A couple sits down for a night at a nice restaurant – they start with a dozen oysters and after chowing down on a few, one of the diners notices something strange.

Is it a rock? Their tooth?

Nope, it’s a pearl!

These stories always make the news, making them seem like common occurrences. But before you go on a pearl hunt and order dozens and dozens of oysters, consider what the odds of finding a natural pearl actually are.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF FINDING A NATURAL PEARL?

1 in 10,000 – The odds of actually finding a natural pearl in an oyster.

1 in 1 million – The odds of one of those above-mentioned mollusks producing a pearl of gemstone quality.

$200-$400 – The average appraised value of the pearls diners find on their dinner plates.

.005% – Percent of the world’s “natural” pearls (the rest are cultured pearls).

8.8 mm – The size of a recently found natural pearl at The Lobster House Restaurant in 2022.

5 mm – The average size of pearls diners find on their dinner plates. The average size of a standard jewelry pearl? 7mm.

Two for One special – In December 2018, two different diners at two different restaurants in New York City found a pearl in their oysters within three weeks of each other.

Illustration and design by Masayo Ozawa – www.abombinabull.com

PEARL SPOTLIGHT:

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