A couple in Florida are as happy as clams after finding a rare pearl, possibly worth thousands of dollars, in a plate of the steamed molluscs.
George and Leslie Brock stopped at Dave's Last Resort & Raw Bar on Friday after a day at the beach.
Mr Brock had eaten about half a dozen clams when he bit down on something hard - a rare iridescent purple pearl.
One expert said the find could be worth thousands.
"Few are round and few are a lovely color, so this is rare," said Vermont gemologist Antoinette Matlins. "I think they have found something precious and lovely and valuable."
The gems occur most frequently in large New England quahogs, clams known for violet colouring on the inside of their shells.
Source: The Australian
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