Purple Quahog Pearl

So… you never know what you might find:

$14 ‘costume jewelry’ Purple Pearl may be priceless

The Arizona Daily Star
Published: 03.23.2005

“The Purple Pearl went west and wowed the jewelry world.

The rare, enormous and potentially priceless purple quahog pearl acquired for $14 from a costume-jewelry basket in 2000 by Alan Golash of Newport, R.I., has begun its global publicity tour. When that ends at auction in about two years, experts say, the gem could command more than $1 million.”

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