Last Updated on May 1, 2023 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
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