A Further Ten Fascinating Jewellery Trivia Facts!
1 ~ Got acid? Pop a pearl!
For centuries people all over the world (but mainly in Asia) have swallowed precious pearls, either whole or crushed in water, to cure ailments of the digestive tract, and it's not quite as crazy as it seems! Pearls are mostly made up of calcium carbonate – a natural antacid – and pretty good for easing heartburn and trapped wind. If you're suffering from a little tummy discomfort yourself, don't reach for Granny's heirloom pearl necklace just yet - nowadays there are much cheaper antacids available at your local pharmacist! Image by Wheeler Cowperthwaite via Flickr 2 ~ Pearl Cocktail
When you're Queen of Egypt you can do better than a Brandy Alexander for a digestif cocktail ... Legend has it Cleopatra once dissolved a pearl in vinegar and drank it, just to win a bet with Marc Antony! Opinions on the value of the pearl vary, with estimates varying from one to ten million sesterces, about the same in dollars in today's value. 3 ~ The largest pearl ever found weighed 34 kgs A Filipino fisherman found the huge pearl inside a giant clam in 2006 and, having no idea of its value, kept it under his bed as a good luck charm. The value of his find was only discovered when he handed it to a relative for safe keeping after his house burned down! The Pearl of Puerto measures approximately 67cm by 30cm and is valued at over $100million USD. The previous record holder was another giant clam pearl known as the Pearl of Allah (also known as the Pearl of Lao Tze), weighing in at a mere 6.4 kg and worth $35million USD. Both these giant pearls were found off Palawan Island in the Philippines - our new favourite holiday destination!