Rare purple pearl found at Salt Air in Rehoboth Beach gets appraised

PHOENIXVILLE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Remember the Phoenixville man who found a rare purple pearl in the clam appetizer he almost sent back at a Rehoboth Beach restaurant this summer?

Scott Overland brought this pearl to Philadelphia’s Jewelers’ Row on Tuesday to find out what it’s worth.

“The value is $4,071,” announced Joshua Hyman, owner of Philadelphia Jewelry Appraisers.

“Wow, that’s fantastic,” Overland said. “Very exciting. Not bad for a bowl of clams!”

Scott Overland and his family found the gem at the Salt Air restaurant in Rehoboth Beach in August.

Pearls are usually found in oysters, but the rare purple one can show up in a clam if you don’t slurp it first.

Overland did almost exactly that. Glad he caught it.

“It’s the first thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Hyman said. “I’ve never seen a purple shell bead.”

This purple pearl has had quite an adventure since August.

Overland first brought it home to Phoenixville, then to the GIA: the Gemological Institute of America in New York City.

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Now that he’s found it’s worth it, the big question is: what is he going to do with it?

“We’re definitely going to keep it at this point,” says Overland. “It’s such a special story and my daughter loves lilac so she would be sad if we gave it away. We decided it would be cool to keep it in the house.”

He says maybe they’ll turn it into a piece of jewelry or just display it in a suitcase.

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