The odds of finding a pearl inside an oyster are about one in 10,000. In New York City, those odds are apparently a little better.
This week, a woman who ordered oysters at a bar in Williamsburg found something hard when she bit down. The woman, 29-year-old Kristin Pulaski, told the New York Post that she originally thought it was some kind of foreign object.
"My first thought was, 'Is this like a screw or something in here?' " she said. "And I took it out and saw that it couldn't have been anything else [but a pearl]. It was pearly white and round."
It turned out that Kristin had bitten into a pearl, making her the second New York diner to find a pearl in a dish of oysters. Earlier in the month, 66-year-old Rick Antosh found one at the famed Grand Central Oyster Bar.
Like Pulaski, Antosh said he only found the pearl when he nearly ate it.
"We were engaged in conversation and all of a sudden, whoop, what is that?" Antosh told CBS New York.
"I didn't bite on it, but I sensed something was odd. I thought maybe it was a filling or a tooth."
There originally appeared to be a bit of a price difference between the two pearls. The one Antosh found was originally valued at about $4,000, but Kristin Pulaski learned that her pearl wasn't quite so valuable.