Tuesday, 14 February 2017

This Day in Jewelry History: Elizabeth Taylor Meets La Peregrina

It was a Valentine’s Day gift for Elizabeth Taylor in 1969 from her husband at the time, Richard Burton. The 16th-century La Peregrina, one of the largest and most symmetrically perfect pear-shape pearls in the world was purchased for $37,000 at auction, beating out a member of the Spanish Royal family.
La Peregrina was once part of the crown jewels of Spain and eventually passed into the hands of Joseph Bonaparte, king of Spain and Napoleon’s brother. La Peregrina sold for $11,842,500 in 2011.