Jewelry appraisers have ample opportunities to quash the hopes and dreams of clients expecting to feather their nest egg when we value their heirloom jewelry. But, then mom’s “alexandrite” or grandma’s five carat “ruby” turn out to be synthetic corundum and you are the heavy. So it was refreshing to participate in a feel good story recently that got world-wide attention for a few minutes.
So, I get this call one day from a lady who had dined in a local restaurant and bit down on something hard in her seafood dish. I have had this story a few times before and have yet to give happy news to the diner. Well, this lady said the thing was dark and spherical so she took it home and did some research, leading her to think she might have an elusive quahog pearl. My initial reaction, as always, was to explain that I would have to examine it, but don’t get your hopes up.