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Tennessee State Gem

Tennessee Pearl   Adopted: 1979
Tennessee state gems
Tennessee State Gem: Pearl
Credit: Tennessee River Pearls

The Tennessee pearl, taken from mussels in the fresh waters of the state, is the official state gem, as designated by 1979 Public Chapter 192 of the 91st General Assembly.

Tennessee river pearls are taken from mussels in the fresh water rivers and come in various shapes and colors. Unlike cultured pearls, which are partially man-made, these pearls are totally made by the mussel. They are 100% natural pearl all the way through.

("State of Tennessee")

In 2004, the Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm and Museum was designated "the official site of freshwater pearl culturing in the State of Tennessee." The Farm and Museum is located in Camden on Kentucky Lake.


Sources...

The State of Tennessee. Tennessee Code Annotated. Nashville:State of Tennessee. Web. 10 August 2011 <http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/>
"Tennessee Symbols." State of Tennessee. Tennessee Department of Education, n.d. Web. 15 Aug 2011. <http://www.tn.gov/education/websymbs.shtml>.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.


Additional Information

Tennessee Freshwater River Pearls - Tennessee State Gem: Tennessee River .

Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm and Museum: Official website.

Birdsong Resort, Marina, & Campground: Official website.

State gemstones: Complete list of official state gemstones from NETSTATE.COM.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Tennessee state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.