Lindsay Hasz and her husband were out on "a rare date night without the kids" a few weeks ago at an Italian restaurant in Issaquah, WA when she bit down on "something really, really hard."
"I felt like I almost broke my tooth when I first bit it," Hasz told ABC News. "It was pretty dark in the restaurant, so it was hard to tell what it was, but when I looked at it closer, it looked totally round and perfect. Too perfect."
Turns out, it was something perfect--and rare: a purple Quahog pearl, a little over one carat in size and worth about $600 in today's marketplace.
The chances of finding a natural, gem-quality pearl like the one Hasz found is probably "one in a couple million," gemologist Ted Irwin, president of the Northwest Geological Laboratory and director of the Northwest Geological Institute, told ABC News.
Not surprisingly, owners of the restaurant, Montalcino Ristorante Italian, report that diners are now coming in and specifically asking for the dish Hasz ordered, the frutti di mare, in the hopes of finding another exceptional pearl.
See more of Hasz's incredible story here.
Woman Finds Rare Purple Pearl Worth $600 in Her FoodWATCH: Washington woman bites down on a rare purple Quahog pearl worth $600 while dining out at her favorite Italian restaurant. http://abcn.ws/1SUCH87Posted by ABC World News Tonight with David Muir on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
WATCH: Washington woman bites down on a rare purple Quahog pearl worth $600 while dining out at her favorite Italian restaurant. http://abcn.ws/1SUCH87
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