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Pearls examines the natural history of pearls, weaving science, art, literature, history, and magnificent jewelry into the story of pearls and the mollusks that form them. These mysterious and beautiful objects, which have intrigued humans for thousands of years, have funded business and industry, initiated conquest and exploration, adorned religious and secular art, and have long been associated with royalty and celebrity. Pearls tells their complex and glamorous story, bringing together many culturally significant objects and specimens from public and private collections around the world. Originally presented with over 700 objects.


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