The Big E: A Chance to Pick Your Own Pearl

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, it could be waiting at The Big E. It’s made to order taken to a whole new level.

“You’re going to pick one of our oysters,” said Jack Chiaramonte, owner of Akoya Pick-A-Pearl. “You’re guaranteed a pearl. And we don’t know what color, and we don’t know what size it is until you open it up.”

The jewelry store owner from Norwalk, Connecticut took over the business after the former owner retired. He didn’t realize how popular it was.

“Some people collect a peal every year and they’ll string it on their necklace so they can have one from every year,” said Chiaramonte.