This famous pear shaped pearl is considered one of the most beautiful and perfect in the world. It was discovered in the 1500 in the Gulf of Panama and it weights 203 grains. It was part of the Spanish Crown Jewels and belonged to King Philip II of Spain and later to Queen Margaret and Elisabeth who wore it in their portraits by Velazquez. Richard Burton acquired the pearl at auction in 1969 as a gift to Elisabeth Taylor who then commissioned the necklace and pendant of matching natural pearls and rubies to Al Durante from Cartier. La Peregrina is stunning but the mount is so perfect both in terms of design and execution that the overall effect of the piece is breathtaking.
Christie's Images Ltd, 2011