Oviedo Pearl
Worth More than its Weight in Pure Gold

Year: 1515 Place: Panama Object: Oviedo Pearl Price: Priceless



In "Historia natural y general de las Indias," published at Toledo in 1526, gonzalo de Oviedo wrote of having purchased at Panama a pearl weighing twenty-six carats for which he paid 650 times its weight in fine gold, and which he claimed was the "greatest, fairest and roundest" that had ever been seen at Panama.

Probably this was the twenty-six carat pearl obtained by Gaspar de Morales in 1515.

As told by George Kunz and Charles Stevenson in “The Book of the Pearl”.

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