What She Discovers Instead...INCREDIBLE!
Talk about tremendous luck! Her treasure hunt has been watched by millions.
There are an estimated 7,000 species of mollusks in the world, but only 20 of them contain pearls.
It can take anywhere from six months to four years for an oyster to cultivate these gorgeous gems, making the chances of stumbling upon them even rarer. Pearl formation is one of Mother Nature's many magical processes. It's hard to believe the strands of expensive beads we gush over at jewelry stores had such simple beginnings!
For those of you who snoozed through science class, here's a refresher on how the magic happens. Essentially, if a substance of some kind manages to sneak inside an oyster's shell, the creature naturally enters defense mode. The intruder could be something as simple as a grain a sand. The oyster produces a protective coating called nacre to reduce irritation. That coating consists of microscopic crystals of calcium carbonate, and when enough of it has been applied to a specific location, a pearl is born. If only such wonderful reactions could come from all irritants, like mosquitos, traffic, or the common cold...
Unless you're a cultured pearl farmer, stumbling upon these stunning treasures requires some luck.
A video of one such fortunate find has recently gone viral, and viewers could not be more enthralled. It's nearing 24 million views on Facebook alone! What's especially cool about this particular discovery is the woman in the video doesn't crack open an oyster. Instead, it's a giant clam! These creatures don't even produce precious stones as frequently as oysters.
Finding pearls in oysters is tough. Finding them in clams or mussels is significantly rarer!
This woman would have been happy to find just one pearl...
...but wait until you see how many she pulls out. She hit the jackpot!
Watch the video for yourself here.