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Pearl of Asia


The largest known natural nacreous pearl in the world.

The Pearl of Asia is said to have been discovered in the Persian Gulf during early 17th Century. The pearl was given to the King of Persia, after the siege of Delhi, who then gave the pearl to Chinese Emperor Qianlong. The Chine believed the pearl gave them happiness and good fortune.

The Pearl of Asia is an egg-shape pearl that measures 76 millimeters by 50 millimeters by 28 millimeters, weighing 600 carats. It is the largest known nacreous natural pearl in the world. The Pearl of Asia is white in color with a well-preserved silver tint, an indication of very thick nacre. It is currently decorated with jade and purple quartz in fruit-like motifs and golden branches.

The Pearl of Asia has been on display in several museum exhibitions including the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology's 'Harry Winston Gallery' and the Smithsonian's 'Gems and Minerals' in 2005.