Marilyn Monroe Shows Off Prized Mikimoto Pearls From Joe DiMaggio



Marilyn Monroe may have sung that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but one of her nicest—and most sentimental—pieces of jewelry was actually a simple string of Mikimoto pearls. Ballplayer Joe DiMaggio gave them to her during their 10-day Japanese honey­moon in 1954, which he would later describe as the happiest time of their marriage. And she wore the 16-inch strand of 44 akoya pearls, which fastened with Mikimoto’s signature gold clasp, often. Monroe even had them on, along with a black suit and long white gloves, at the Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse when she divorced the
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