The Mercenaria Pearl
Widely considered the rarest of all wild pearls, the quahog pearl has captivated pearl conessieurs and discerning consumers for centuries. Now for the first time in history, the world's rarest pearl will be accessible, cultured with Mercenaria LLC's patent pending method. Our pearl has immense value overseas as a newly available treasure of the rarest kind, and domestically as the first accessible, high quality pearl that is truly native to the Northeast. Pearls will no longer have to be a far away, exotic treasure for Americans. The Mercenaria Pearl provides a level of intrinsic, regional connection and value that 130 years of pearl culture has been unable to provide.
The name of our company and pearl is derived from the Latin name of the Quahog Clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, the clam from which our pearls are produced. Before the creation of our company Mercenaria, the only means of finding a Quahog pearl was through sheer luck in a wild harvested quahog, resulting in exceedingly few hitting the market each year. Quahog pearls command an extremely high price based on their rarity and uniqueness, as it is common to see a Quahog pearl valued at thousands of dollars a piece. Given the comprehensive technology developed and exclusively owned by Mercenaria LLC, we are the first in history to be able to culture quahog pearls.
The Mercenaria pearl is unique from the vast majority of the pearls we are use to seeing in the market given it's composition and coloration. Ranging from pure white to dark purple, Quahog pearls have a distinct and highly desirable coloration rarely found in pearls from other mollusks. Additionally, the actual composition of the Mercenaria Pearl is different from other more common pearls. While most pearls are composed by layers of a calcium bicarbonate crystalline structure known as Nacre, the Mercenaria Pearl is composed of an aragonite and calcite crystalline structure, causing some to refer to it as a "Non-Nacreous Pearl" . This results in a unique refraction of light, and gives quahog pearls an opaque shimmer and level of depth which can be both as mesmerizing as it is original.