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Family Heirloom May Be Worth $90M

Abraham Reyes of Ontario shows off what he says is a massive natural pearl

(Newser) - They are not your usual comparisons for gemstones: The CBC says it's roughly the size of a baby, while the owner says it's about the size of a cow's head. Both refer to what may be one of the biggest natural pearls in the world. It weighs... More »

Pearl Found in $14.75 Lunch Could Be Worth Thousands

Diner got his usual on fateful day at famous NYC eatery

(Newser) - Rick Antosh ordered his usual at New York City's Grand Central Oyster Bar on Dec. 5, but on that particular day, his lunch came with something a little extra: a pea-sized pearl. Antosh got the $14.75 pan roast, which the New York Post describes as a stew-like dish... More »

A Beheaded Queen's Jewelry Is Up for Grabs

Pearls worn by Marie Antoinette that haven't been seen in public in 200 years are up for auction

(Newser) - Sotheby's says it will be auctioning off a set of natural pearls that once belonged to the famed—or infamous—French queen Marie Antoinette, and that haven't been seen in public for centuries. The sale of "Royal Jewels From the Bourbon-Parma Family" is set to take place... More »

Fisherman Has Craziest Pearl Tale You'll Ever Hear

If it's legit, he found the world's biggest

(Newser) - There are fish tales, and now there's this doozy of a pearl tale from a fisherman in the Philippines. If it turns out to be true, the world has a new largest pearl, by a mile. As first reported by the Palawan News , the unidentified man says he was... More »

Woman Finds Rare Pearl in Clam Dish

Quahog purple pearl likely worth about $600

(Newser) - When Lindsay Hasz bit into her medley of seafood and shellfish at Montalcino Ristorante Italiano in Issaquah, Wash., she thought she might have broken a tooth. The culprit: a small, purple pebble-like object embedded in one of her clams. "It was quite jarring," Hasz tells KOMO News . At... More »

Liz Taylor Gem Sale Smashes Records

7 world records fall at $116M sale of fabled collection

(Newser) - The sale of Elizabeth Taylor's legendary gem collection shattered records—and estimates—at Christie's in New York last night. Amid competition so fierce that bids sometimes jumped by a million dollars, the $116 million sale of the late star's gems broke the world record for a private... More »

Kate Middleton Forced to Dig Through Dog Poop

Prince William's gift goes missing, puppy to blame

(Newser) - England’s possible future queen got her hands dirty—really dirty—after her dog ate the pearl earrings Prince William gave her for her 28th birthday. Kate Middleton was dismayed when she realized her cocker spaniel puppy, Otto, was to blame for the missing antiques, but Wills just “burst... More »

Couple Finds Rare Pearl in Clam Dinner

Purple pearl at local restaurant could be worth thousands

(Newser) - A Florida couple found an extremely rare purple pearl in their steamed clam dinner that could turn out to be worth thousands of dollars. The two stopped for seafood at a local restaurant when the man bit down on something hard in one of his middleneck clams. When cleaned off,... More »

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