order to shew how the value of Pearls has varied in this country at
different periods, the following extracts are given from the writings
of recognized authorities. It is interesting to compare the several
estimates, and mark the rise- and fall at different times within the
last two centuries.
Value of Pearls, A.D.
1671. The following Table is extracted from "The History of Jewels,"
printed by T. N., for Hobart Kemp, at the sign of " The Ship," in the
New Exchange, 1671. The author, who does not give his name says :—" One
curious and intelligent in these matters furnished me with the
following rule for the price of Pearls according to their weight."