There were "Ohrid Pearls" in nearly every shop in the center of town. Of course, I wanted to learn more about these "Ohrid Pearls" - and had every intention of leaving Ohrid with a special memento not only of this weekend but also of my wonderfully rewarding experience here in Macedonia.
So - what are these "Ohrid Pearls"? Are they from oysters in the lake??
They are made using the scales of a fish from Lake Ohrid - Plasica -but the recipe and the process of exactly how these beautiful pearls are crafted is a well-kept family secret.
We visited the shop of one of the two original families who started creating the Ohrid pearls back in the 1920s -- the Filevi shop -- which was conveniently located just steps from our hotel.
I bought a beautiful souvenir that I will treasure.
And - shhhhhhh -- I also picked up a a treat for my daughter for her birthday in June. Incidentally, pearls are the "birthstone" for June -- and her name is derived from the Greek word for "pearl" -- so these Ohrid Pearls will be a very special souvenir for her as well.
|Our treasures, beautifully gift boxed by the fourth-generation owner of this shop....you can see the splendor of the pearls behind him and in the display cases.|
And here is their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Filevi-Ohrid-Pearl-462071710650086/