Scallop Pearls Classification
Brown, Tan, Purple, Yellow, Orange Interior Color White, Root Beer Color
Lion's Paw Pearl, Digby Scallop Pearls
Appearance, RI, birefringence blink and magnification. A "tooth test" is commonly used in which a pearl is rubbed against a tooth; if gritty, this is an indication that the surface is nacre, versus plastic and glass imitations that feel smooth.
Lion's paw pearls are produced by the lion's paw scallop Nodipecten subnodosus and can originate from the coast of Central America, Baja California and the inland Sea of Cortx in Mexico. Atlantic Sea Scallop (Placpecten magellanicus) produces the scallop pearls that come from Digby, Nova Scotia.Atlantic sea scallops are produced by the North Atlantic deep-sea scallop, Placopecten magellanicus; the Atlantic bay scallop, Argopecten irradians, and the Atlantic Lion's Paw, Nodipecten nodosus.