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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Hope Pearl

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Loaned for exhibit by Christie's.

Nineteenth-century gem collector Henry Philip Hope owned nearly150 natural pearls, of which the best known was the Hope Pearl. This large, natural pearl is uniquely colored—grading from a dark bronze to white. It is probably a blister pearl, a type which grows attached to the mollusk’s shell.

The Hope Pearl weights 450 carats.


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