Thank you to everyone at Danforth Diamond! My ring arrived today, and it's absolutely perfect. The only part I didn't like was having to wait for it to get here!
The La Peregrina Pearl, the Mother of All Pearls! The La Peregrina Pearl is a more than 200 grains natural pear-shaped pearl currently owned by Elizabeth Taylor. A slave supposedly found the pearl in the early 1500s in the Gulf of Panama.
In 1554, Prince Phillip II of Spain gave it to Mary Tudor, Queen of England, at their wedding. However, while she was enamored of the Spaniard, he was less than enthused about her or her looks and left for an extended trip to his motherland. She died four years later and the pearl went back to Phillip who went on to create an incestuous clan. La Peregrina stayed with Phillip’s heirs until the Spanish Hapsburg dynasty collapsed in 1700, a victim of generations of inbreeding.
La Peregrina Pearl info and photo comes from: http://www.karipearls.com/la-peregrina.html