Natural pearl found by man in Newquay

The rare natural pearl was found in an Atlantic oyster in Newquay. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Pearl discovered as man ate Atlantic oysters to cure hangover.

A natural pearl has been found inside an Atlantic oyster by a man in Newquay who had bought the shellfish to cure a hangover.

As reported in The Sun, warehouse worker James Humphries slid the oyster into his mouth only to discover a tiny pearl, which he first mistook for a loosened filling.

Humphries told The Sun that he intends to have the tiny natural pearl set into a piece of jewellery.

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Natural pearls are extremely rare and most of the natural pearls on the market pre-date the 1920s when mass-scale pearl farming was introduced.

For more on the modern pearl industry, read Professional Jeweller‘s pearl special in the February issue by clicking here.

 

 

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