Lucky mothershucker finds a pearl in his oyster dinner

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What are the odds of finding a pearl in your oyster? Apparently, somewhere between 1 in 10,000 and 1 in 12,000, according to this jeweler’s website. And on December 1, Rick Antosh of Edgewater, New Jersey, was that lucky one.


According to CBS-2 News, Antosh was enjoying some mollusks at Grand Central Oyster Bar inside New York City’s Grand Central Station when he bit down on something hard and pea-shaped, which he at first thought was a dental filling or piece of tooth.

Nope, it was a pearl. Antosh says he asked the chef about it, who confirmed that it was indeed a pearl, one of only two he’s encountered in his 28 years working with oysters. The lucky guy says he has no plans to have it appraised or to sell it; he’d prefer to keep it as an end-of-2018 good luck charm.

I’m happy for Antosh, but I can’t say I’m not also a bit jealous. I’ve eaten at Grand Central Oyster Bar—it’s quite a retro experience, slurping oysters in a vaulted-ceiling train station—and all I got at the end of the meal was a huge check. You’d have to think one of the chefs who shucked the oysters is also kicking himself for not searching that shell a little harder.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.



I’ve found pearls when shucking oysters before.

The thing to know is that jewelery pearls do not come from the same species we usually eat, though pearl oysters are edible.

The eating kind of oysters don’t produce any lusterous, irridescent nacre or mother of pearl. Which is what makes gem quality pearls valuable. So they’re a flat to satin white. Sometimes with a big ole spot of blue or black. And they’re almost always attached to the side wall of the shell. They mostly look like an oyster zit. And they don’t really have any value except as an oddity.

They’re also a lot more common than the odds provided would make it seem. I think those are the odds for finding a gem quality pearl, in a wild pearl oyster, that isn’t attached to the shell. Pearls like that are pretty rare, which is why we mostly farm them.