PEARLS—Will some brother kindly tell me what fresh water pearls look like and where they are generally found.
Fresh water pearls are a product of the fresh water clam or mussel. They are found all over the Central, Southern and Eastern States, also Eastern Canada. Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin are the principal pearl producing states. The pearls are usually found just inside of the shell, but sometimes are imbedded in the flesh of the mollusk. Their appearance when found is the same as when made up into jewelry, being as a rule lustrous and of almost any shape, but the most valuable ones are round and smooth. The color varies from white to red or purple, and is the same as that portion of the shell against which it rests. “Land Cruising and Prospecting” gives an entire chapter on pearls.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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