No sign of the pearl, however, coincidentally Discovery.com published this story today. Apparently eons ago Cleopatra bet Marc Antony that she could eat an outrageously expensive meal. For the second course she had her servants bring her a glass of vinegar into which she dropped her pearl earring -- the largest pearl ever! Once it dissolved, she drank the cocktail and won the bet.
A scientist at Montclair State University experimented to see if it could possibly be true, and the story tells of her results.
It does not bode well for my pearl!