How to Open a Pearl Factory Gift Oyster

The pearl oyster has a visible "top" and "bottom". The side that is visibly longer than the other is the "bottom", while the shorter side is the "top".

Place the pearl oyster on a stable surface, on a towel, with the "bottom" (long side) down.

Using a dull knife, insert the knife blade into the shell indentation on the right side of the oyster with a slight downward motion. Slide the knife blade across the oyster's opening from right to left with downward motion, stopping at the edge of the back of the oyster.

Open the oyster shell and locate the pearl in the body of the oyster. Remove and clean the pearl with a soft damp cloth and table salt.