Hetty Green was born Henrietta Robinson in New Bedford, Massachusetts on November 21, 1834. When everyone else was selling, Hetty Green bought real estate, railroads, entire city blocks and government bonds. She was considered the single biggest financier in the world.
Born towards the end of 70 BC or beginning of 69 BC, Cleopatra was of Macedonian heritage and reigned as an Egyptian queen, ruling an empire that included Egypt, Cyprus, part of modern-day Libya and other territories in the Middle East.
Humans have long since been fascinated by pearls, and mollusks have produced them throughout evolutionary history. Romans thought they were frozen tears of the Gods, Greeks attributed them to lightning strikes at sea. They were commonly dedicated to Venus, Goddess of love & beauty. Alexander Severus, born in Africa and not to be confused with Severus Snape from Harry Potter, reportedly hung pearls in the ears of a status of Venus. They're known as the Queen of Gems... but what causes a pearl?