Broome pearl farm finds 10 pearls inside single shell
Workers at a Broome pearl farm had a moment they will never forget when 10 pearls were found inside a single shell.
Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm staff had stopped work to watch the opening of the Pinctada Maxima shell because they suspected it contained a natural pearl, itself a rare event.
But when a technician opened the shell and saw up 10 lustrous pearls inside, they couldn’t believe their eyes.
“My family have been farming pearls for nearly seventy years and we’ve never seen anything like it,” managing director James Brown said.
“Because most of pearls were clustered together in the gonad region, it makes us think this is probably the result of attempting to culture a pearl.
“This is just freak of nature.”
Despite receiving offers from around the world to buy the pearls, Mr Brown said there was no immediate plans for their future.
“Our family has a history of collecting rare and unusual pearls so we will hold on to them for the time being.” he said.
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