PEARLS

Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain bivalve mollusks. The largest pearl ever found so far, came from the Philippines in 1934 weighing 14 lbs, (6.36 kgs). Pearls fit into two categories: freshwater and saltwater.

History of Pearls
Pearls are regarded as the worlds oldest gemstones. During the time of Julius Caesar, the wearing of pearls was limited to the rulers of the Roman Empire. At the height of the British Empire, only royalty were allowed to wear Pearls.

Famous Perals
Abernathy Pearl:
Found in the rivers of Scotland in 1967, it is a 44 grain natural pearl.
Arco Valley Pearl:
A beautiful baroque pearl weighing of 2301 grains.
Big Pink Pearl:
Listed in the Guiness book of World Records as the largest natural abalone pearl ever found.
The Gogibus Pearl:
A pear-shaped pearl discovered in the early 17th Century off the coast of the West Indies.
The Hope Pearl:
Weighs 1,800 grains. Regrded as the most famous natural saltwater pearl ever discovered.
Resides in the British Museum of Natural History.
La Peregrina (Spanish: The Pilgrim):
Found off the coast of Panama in the 16th century.

Superstitions
Among the ancient Greeks and Romans Pearls were often made into crowns in the form of a amulet or talisman. It was believed to dream of pearls would bring heartache and tears. Pearls were believed to be good for ulcers and sore throat. Pearls also comforted the heart and render their owner chaste.

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