The most famous pearls
The most famous pearls. The largest pearl ever known was found in the Philippines in 1934 and is known as the Pearl of Lao Tzu. It is a naturally-occurring, non-nacreous, calcareous concretion (pearl) from a giant clam. Because it did not grow in a pearl oyster it is not pearly; instead the surface is glossy like porcelain. Other pearls from giant clams are known to exist, but this is a particularly large one, weighing 14 lb (6.4 kg).
Katy Perry has a beautiful necklace with black pearls. Black pearls are very rare, they are valued in Europe, South America prefer the bluish, greenish or pink.
The Swan Pendant is in Russian Hermitage, the dimensions of the pendant in the vertical and horizontal directions are 19.2 cm and 5.9 cm respectively. A large nacreous baroque pearl, which is almost oval in shape, constitute the centerpiece of the pendant, forming the body of the swan. The wings, tail and the curved neck, that completes the composite figure of the swan, are made of gold, set with small cut stones and covered with black and white enamel.
Monarchs’ hats were also decorated with such a beautiful, precious stone. The famous hat of Monomakh, along with other precious stones, and adorned with a number of fairly large pearls.
Pearl is also presented on the Great Imperial Crown, on the state crown of Great Britain. The rulers have always valued the stone, and wished that they were crowned not only by their regal heads.
This stone was used to decorate royal clothes.
It was believed that this stone will help girls maintain their chastity until marriage, and young people in the future will become wise rulers.
Like most of pearls, pearl jewelry is also manufactured. Its beauty can compete with the very pearls themselves, and pearls can be polished, cut, and if it breaks, it will conchoidal fracture, but no splits.
American actress Elizabeth Taylor had the most expensive pearl necklace in the world. It consists of 150 large black pearls, each with a diameter of 7 millimeters.
Products made of mother of pearl are preserved in ancient tombs, with at least several thousand years. In ancient Egypt, mother of pearl was used for the manufacture of jewelry: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and small vessels for the ladies’ colors that are used to summarize the eye. All these things were made of large shells recovered from the Red Sea.
But later, strangely enough, the pearl of Egypt went out of fashion. The tomb of Tutankhamen didn’t contain any gems. But centuries have passed, and the beauty again triumphed, pearl again became popular.