Then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought, Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand, Like the base Judean threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 343-8.
"Judean" may refer to the betrayal of Christ by Judas, who threw away the "pearl of great price" (Matthew 13:46) which is heaven; but the earliest text reads "Indian," suggesting an ignorant East or West Indian who does not know the value of a precious stone.