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"There were formerly two pearls, the largest that had been ever seen in the whole world: Cleopatra, the last of the queens of Egypt, was in possession of them both, they having come to her by descent from the kings of the East." This is the largest round pearl in the world now.

La Peregrina pearl (meaning “The Pilgrim) is a large pear-shaped white pearl of 203.84 grains discovered in Panama in mid-16th C & brought to King Phillip II of Spain who presented it as a wedding gift to his wife, Queen Mary. It also belonged to Queen Margaret of Spain as well as Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain. Later, it was acquired by the British Marquis of Abercorn from the son of French emperor Napoleon III. The impressive pearl was purchased in 1969 by Richard Burton for Elizabeth…