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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Pearl of Asia

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Loaned for exhibit by Christie's.

One of the largest natural pearls in the world, the Pearl of Asia first surfaced in 17th century India. After the siege of Delhi it became the property of the King of Persia (present-day Iran), who in turn gave it to Chinese Emperor Qianlong. In China it was thought to bring happiness and good fortune.

The Pearl of Asia weighs 600 carats.



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