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-< VALUES OF PEARLS. Although a pearl weighing one grain is worth only about one-eighth of the price of a diamond of the same weight, it is very easy to spend a large amount of money for pearl jewellery (remarks an American journal.) There is now in New Yark city a pearl necklace worth 8100,000. There is another worth §23,000, and one was recently sold for 830,(0). These large prices are caused by the difficulty of obtaining particular sizes and colours that may be wanted. The most expensive collection of pearls on record is that owned by the Countess of Dudley in England, which is far more valuable than the cele- brated pearls belonging to the Queen. The countess has a coronet of pearls. The top is composed of pear- shaped pearls. There is a very large one in the centre, and the others are graduated in size down to the smallest. In order to get these pear-shaped pearls in the requisite sizes and colours, the jewellers were obliged to buy such an enormous quantity of pearls that when the famous necklace was completed, with earrings, bracelets, brooch, and finger rings to match, the jewellers had 8:300,000 worth of odd pearls left A pair of matched pear-shaped pearls weighing llOgrs. was recently sold in San Francisco for SC>000. When the Princess Royal of England married Frederick William of Prussia she received a necklace of thirty-two pearls, costing S93,000. In 1789 the French Government possessed pearls valued at S200,000. One that weighed 108grs. was valued at$37,000 two that were pear- shaped were valued at 555,800. The black pearls bring very high prices at present, but genuine pearls may be bought that are white, pink, or grey. The peculiar colour which is called pearl is a soft trans- parent drab. There is at present a greater demand for pearls, as there is, in fact, for all kinds of jewel- lery, than has been known for a long time. The plentifulness of imitations does not appear to destroy the value of the genuine article.

JEWEL ROBBERY AT WINDSOR CASTLE.

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