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The Elusive Scottish Pearl

Monday, January 08, 2007

Scotland's freshwater pearls are both rare and expensive. This is because they are a product of the freshwater mussel which only thrives in such clean, fast flowing rivers as the Tay and Spey. However, acquisition of such gems can prove elusive because:

  • The mussel is a protected species
  • Collection of pearls from the protected mussel is an offence without a licence
  • Cost of such pearls is between GBP50 ($90) and GBP1000 ($1900).
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