Do British oysters have pearls?

Chef's answer
Pearls of all sorts The oysters most commonly eaten in Britain, Crassostrea gigas and Ostrea edulis, occasionally produce a white pearl, but it is usually swallowed without the eater's knowledge.
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Pearls form inside a mollusk which is an invertebrate with a soft body, often protected by a shell such as a clam, oyster or mussel. Any mollusk is capable of producing a pearl, although only those mollusks that have shells lined with nacre produce pearls that are used in the jewellery industry.
Pearls form inside a mollusk which is an invertebrate with a soft body, often protected by a shell such as a clam, oyster or mussel. Any mollusk is capable of producing a pearl, although only those mollusks that have shells lined with nacre produce pearls that are used in the jewellery industry.
From what I've read, one in 5,000 clams will grow a pearl; when you're talking about anything of decent size it's much more unusual. ... Pearls are not really Kathleen's style of jewelry, so they likely will sell the gem, which could retail for $3,000 or more, he said. "Which is not bad for a $15 bag of clams," she said.1 Dec 2014
Although most natural pearls are found in oysters, they also are found in many different species of freshwater mussels or clams all over the world. ... Natural pearls come in a variety of colors. The tones of the freshwater pearls are dictated by the mother shell. White is the most common, followed by pink.
Saltwater pearls have beads and another oyster's mollusk tissue inserted. Fewer than half of the oysters may survive this process. ... After the pearls are extracted from the oysters, one-third of oysters are "recycled" and put through the culturing process again. The others are killed and discarded.
From what I've read, one in 5,000 clams will grow a pearl; when you're talking about anything of decent size it's much more unusual. ... Pearls are not really Kathleen's style of jewelry, so they likely will sell the gem, which could retail for $3,000 or more, he said. "Which is not bad for a $15 bag of clams," she said.1 Dec 2014
No, the majority of the world wouldn't consider pearls to be vegan. As the wide mollusc family who are responsible for producing pearls, of which oysters are the most notable, are part of the animal kingdom, their pearls too aren't strictly suitable for anyone on a plant-based diet.
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