Just sharing a fun little pendant from my personal pearl collection. This little enameled sterling silver octopus was created by the very talented artist/jewelry designer Sheri Jurnecka. The pearl set as his head is actually a natural quahog (cherry stone clam straight from the Jersey Shore). We decided to make steamed clams one evening and while prepping them for the pot, we shucked a handful to eat while we were cooking. A clam “appy” as we like to call them. The first one went down so smoothly with grated lemon zest, a drizzle of olive oil infused with garlic and mint, and a crack of fresh pepper. The second one, not so much! At first I thought I got a clam shell, but when it popped out of my mouth, surprise surprise: a natural pearl! It is a beautiful soft shade of pink lavender. And it looks amazing in this setting. .
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