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02 December 2023

Pearl named after Fatima

The Sheikha Fatima pearl weighs 856.58 carats. (SUPPLIED)

By Reena Amos Dyes

One of the largest natural pearls in the world that will be on show at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi at the Natural Pearl Display from today, has been named after Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

It is a natural salt-water nacreous baroque pearl, four inches in length, with a circumference of six inches and weighs 856.58 carats. The pearl is almost twice as large as the Hope pearl, which is displayed at the British Museum of Natural History, and almost 11 carats heavier than the Burma pearl. It has been incorporated into the design of a stunning sculptural jewel of a Centaur, a Greek mythological creature that was believed to be half man and half horse; the pearl forms the torso of the Centaur, with the remaining parts sculptured in gold.

The display will also feature the world's rarest natural pearls and pearling master collections.


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