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    Freshwater Pearls



    By far,the best finds I have made are my collection of
    Freshwater Pearls, I started finding them when I used mussel's
    for fish bait, & after about 12 years of looking in private lakes,
    this is what I collected, I threw away a handfull of defective
    ones, some looked like (absessed teeth).
    The button industry used musselshells up until Celluloid &
    Plastic came along, now American shells are shipped to Japan
    to use in the manufacture of Cultured Pearls.
    Pics of shell buttons included,(found in an old house).

    Fossis..............
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    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

  2. #2
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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Great collection,fossis.When I was a kid,mussels were everywhere,but the last several years,they seem to have all but disappeared.

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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Quote Originally Posted by warsawdaddy
    Great collection,fossis.When I was a kid,mussels were everywhere,but the last several years,they seem to have all but disappeared.
    Thanks Warsawdaddy, I only harvested the larger
    ones, & left all the small ones, Racoons take thousands of
    the tiny ones, that they can open with their teeth, & they
    say polluted water is taking a toll, also Zebra mussels,
    (foreign imports) root out the native species.
    But in my area, they are still numerous.
    Fossis..............
    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    We have muscles around here. Would you mind explaining the process of extracting those beautiful little stones? Do you put the pearls and or shells through a rock tumbler?

    Nice collection Fossis!
    A kind word echos for eternity

  5. #5
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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Quote Originally Posted by COUNTRY GIRL
    We have muscles around here. Would you mind explaining the process of extracting those beautiful little stones? Do you put the pearls and or shells through a rock tumbler?

    Nice collection Fossis!
    Hey Country Girl, I use a pocket knife to cut the one
    muscle, (they have two), then pry the shell apart with your
    blade & fingers , & cut the other muscle on the opposite end,
    The pearls can be located in several areas, some fall in
    your hand, others you have to feel for.
    They are naturally shiny, shells & all, a tumbler would
    wear them down to nothing, (too soft).
    I put clear spray on the shells to keep the wet look.
    Fossis...........
    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

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    Feb 2004
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    florida lakes and rivers are full of those mussels.are the pearls or live mussels worth anything to anyone?
    Millions of dollars of Spanish treasure await those who would dare brave the eye of the hurricane.

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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Thanks Fossis, I'll be looking once we get the boat in the water. I'll let you know if i find any. Thanks for the information. I can't wait to look!
    A kind word echos for eternity

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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Fossis, about 15 years ago the mussell prices went thru the roof down here. Shell buyers were paying 5 bucks a pound for "washboards and 3 ridges" some folks made a killing. I have found 2 and lost 'em both. Like you I was useing them for trotline and "perch basket" bait ...d2

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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Quote Originally Posted by FISHEYE
    florida lakes and rivers are full of those mussels.are the pearls or live mussels worth anything to anyone?
    Hey FISHEYE, The pearls are sellable to jewelers,
    Though not as much as (cultured), & the shells are sold by
    the ton to Japan, (certain types), they are used to make
    small round seed beads to implant in their ocean clams to
    grow cultured pearls, this system was a State secret for years
    the Japanese wouldn't share it with anyone.
    But gradually the secret was out, & now giant black pearls
    & other colors are grown in the ocean, suspended from baskets
    floating on pvc pipe. (black pearls are worth big bucks)
    Several others in the U. S. raise pearls using this method.
    Some types are not collectible, (endangered), check your
    local regulations .
    Fossis..................
    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Quote Originally Posted by d2
    Fossis, about 15 years ago the mussell prices went thru the roof down here. Shell buyers were paying 5 bucks a pound for "washboards and 3 ridges" some folks made a killing. I have found 2 and lost 'em both. Like you I was useing them for trotline and "perch basket" bait ...d2
    Hey d2, I never sold any shells, but I got a friend of
    mine started in it, & he did guite well for a while.

    Fossis..............
    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    They call it "puddeling" down here and when the prices were high and you were in the right spot you could hold a big 3 ridge in each hand and be standing there with 10 bucks in your hands. I found out about it about 3 weeks to late. But I got my eye on some big beds and when the prices go back up I will be puddeling too..d2

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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Quote Originally Posted by d2
    They call it "puddeling" down here and when the prices were high and you were in the right spot you could hold a big 3 ridge in each hand and be standing there with 10 bucks in your hands. I found out about it about 3 weeks to late. But I got my eye on some big beds and when the prices go back up I will be puddeling too..d2
    My friend had some of my shells tested, (they have to break
    clean), all in my area the buyer's didn't want, but everything
    in his area a few miles away they wanted, (go figure), he made
    about $10,000 one summer, the story of my life.

    Fossis..............
    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

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    Apr 2007
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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    Beautiful collection
    That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.......   Robert Lewis Stevenson

  14. #14
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    Re: Freshwater Pearls




    Thanks Carolina,

    Fossis..............
    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

  15. #15
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    Feb 2006
    Albertville Alabama
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    Re: Freshwater Pearls

    the lake i water hunt in has the mussel shells big as your hand......i actually have a problem scooping becauce of the smaller ones get a scoop full and have to get hand full out and scan it over the coil ....several times during a hunt i get a pretty good sized live one in my scoop...i have been pretty frustrated with them but if i can make some money off them it may be worth more than the very very little bit of gold i manage just need to figure out how lol

 

 
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