The Odyssey of the World’s Largest Freshwater Pearl

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The Odyssey of the World’s Largest Freshwater Pearl

Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:43 am

The Sleeping Lion, the world’s largest freshwater pearl, isn’t round and beautiful, or even particularly pretty. In fact, under the right light, the pearl resembles one of the wrinklier creatures of the Star Wars universe. But chances are its latest buyer, who picked it up for $374,000 at auction in the Hague, Netherlands, last month, doesn’t mind.

Deustsche Welle reports that this is the first time the Sleeping Lion, which measures 2.7 inches and weighs in at 4.2 ounces, has been up for public auction in more than two centuries.

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Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:45 am


(Venduehuis)

The gem, which was was recently bought at auction, was likely found in China in the 1700s and was once owned by Russia’s Catherine the Great.

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Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:48 am



The world’s largest known freshwater pearl, the Sleeping Lion, was sold in the first auction of the pearl in 240 years on May 31, 2018 for €320,000 (US$374,000).

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Post by Cloud on Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:19 pm

oh wow, that's impressive... does kind of resemble a sleeping lion

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Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:19 pm

Dubbed “The Sleeping Lion” due to its unusual shape, the extraordinary quarter-pound natural pearl is more than 2.7 inches long and was likely formed in China between 1700 and 1760.

For approximately 250 years, the pearl has traveled the world as it changed hands among global merchants, noble jewelers and European royals.

According to the Venduehuis auction house, The Sleeping Lion was found in southeastern China — perhaps in the Pearl River — during the Qing dynasty. And even though Chinese Emperor Qianlong enforced a ban on exporting large pearls, The Sleeping Lion was moved by Dutch merchants to Batavia and then to Europe.

The Sleeping Lion is considered a blister pearl, which means that it formed while attached to the inside surface of a mollusk’s shell. This causes blister pearls to be flat on one side.


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Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:21 pm



Mabe Blister Pearl in Shell

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Post by Dragon on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:22 pm



Australia’s South Sea Pearl Oyster produces the most valuable pearls on Earth.

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