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Tennessee State Gem:

Tennessee river pearls - click to see all state gems
Photo of Tennessee river pearls © www.TennesseeRiverPearls.com;
North America’s only freshwater pearl museum, farm, tour and pearl jewelry
showroom in Camden TN - visit www.BirdsongResort.com 731-584-7880.
See All State Gems & Gemstones.

Tennessee River Pearl

Tennessee river pearls were designated the state gem of Tennessee in 1979. River pearls are created by mussels and are found in all colors and various shapes (spherical, pear-shaped, and irregular). Tennessee river pearls are among the most beautiful and durable in the world.

Tennessee river pearls - click to see all gem & gemstone symbols
Closeup of Tennessee river pearls; photo
© www.TennesseeRiverPearls.com; North America’s only freshwater pearl museum, farm, tour and pearl jewelry showroom in Camden TN - visit www.BirdsongResort.com 731-584-7880.
See All State Gems & Gemstones.

After World War I, dams were built on many Tennessee rivers and the mussels lost their swift and shallow shoals. The waters also became more toxic. Tennessee river pearls are collected and crafted into rings, cuff links, stick pins, and other jewelry.

Necklace with Tennessee river pearl - click to see all state gems & gemstones
Oco geode and Tennessee river pearl on fine silver handwoven
chain; photo © Tamra Gentry (Gentry Design Company) on Flickr
(used by permission). See All State Gems.
Source:
Tennessee Symbols: Tennessee Blue Book (PDF)
River pearl photos from www.TennesseeRiverPearls.com are used by permission.
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