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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


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Loaned for exhibit by American Pearl Company.

The lavender-pink and bronze colored Survival is an exceptional example of a freshwater pearl from the Tennessee River. The pearl takes its shape from the snail parasite that intruded inside the mussel and its name from the time it grew inside the shell, about 50–70 years.

Survival weighs 90.4 carats.



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