Continuing with our pearl theme for the month, here are some pearl facts by the numbers.
At Christie’s auction house in April 2007, $7.1 million was paid for a suite of natural pearl jewelry that had been owned by the maharaja of Baroda. The original seven strand necklace is now two strands.
Pearls have been prized throughout their history for their lustrous, sensuous beauty. Pearls are an oddity in the jewelry word. Unlike other gemstones, which must be extracted from the earth, pearls come from a living animal, a mollusk. They derive their iridescence, their glow, from an organic material called nacre; the mollusk secretes it when an irritant (usually a microscopic organism, not as commonly thought, a piece of sand) finds its way into the fleshy part inside the shell.
The engagement ring that businessman-turned-polarizing-presidential-candidate Donald Trump gave to Marla Maples in 1991 will hit the auction block for a second time.
If you are attracted to the cool and crisp white luster of sterling silver jewelry, you join a tradition that spans many centuries and crosses a multitude of cultures. Love of this precious metal can be…