The painting of Queen Mary, by Flemish artist Hans Eworth. In the painting, the monarch is wearing a giant pearl - known as La Peregrina - which was bought for actress Elizabeth Taylor, 400 years later.
La Peregrina pearl - which is the size of a pigeon's egg - was given to Mary, the daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, by her future husband.
It would be hard, however, to match the beauty and history of "La Peregrina." Apart from its remarkable size -- 203 grains, the equivalent to 50 carats -- and association with the Taylor and her equally glamorous husband, the pearl comes with a story matched by few necklaces.
Discovered in the 16th century in the Gulf of Panama, one of the first recorded owners was King Philip II of Spain. It passed on to the Spanish queens Margaret and Elisabeth, who proudly wore the pearl in 17th century portraits painted by Velazquez.
The treasure went into French hands in the 19th century when Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte, briefly ruled Spain. Richard Burton paid $37,000 at auction, outbidding a member of the Spanish royal family.
This emerald and diamond necklace by Bulgari went for $6.1 million, catapulting over the pre-sale estimate of $1-1.5 million.
i love jewelries. its one of my vices in life. its effect on me is like a magnet! hahaha... but then, its a wise investment coz its value doesn't depreciate. but i cant afford this kind of collection! this is too way over the top! lol :p