Fun Fact Friday! Fact 22
Posted by Daubin Barshtak on August 17, 2012.
Fun Fact Friday:
The demand for pearls dropped when diamonds were discovered in the early 1700's. As they became more affordable than pearls, the demand for diamonds soared. When pearls tried to compete, they lost some of their attraction due to imitations and poor quality. Unfortunately, this led to worldwide decline in pearl consumption, although in the late 1700s they gained ground again when new pearl sources were discovered. One of the most famous pearls in the world is called La Peregrina (‘the incomparable’) and was found in the Americas. It is pear shaped and the size of a pigeon’s egg. Famous owners of this pearl have included Philip II of Spain, Mary Tudor of England and Napoleon III. The last owner is believed to be Elizabeth Taylor.