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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

La Peregrina

La Peregrina
Photo by NMNH Photo Services. Click to zoom.

Loaned for exhibit by Ms. Elizabeth Taylor.

La Peregrina (meaning “pilgrim”) is one of the most celebrated and historical pearls in the world. After its discovery in the Gulf of Panama in the 16th century, King Phillip II of Spain gave the pearl to Queen Mary I (Mary Tudor). It has also been owned by Spanish royalty, the Bonapartes of France, and the British Marquis of Abercorn. In 1969, actor Richard Burton gave the pear shaped natural pearl to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, who had Cartier reset it with pearls, diamonds, and rubies.

The bottom pearl in La Peregrina weighs 50 carats.



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