Pearls are unique gemstones as they are not found in mines but only in the sea. Pearls need no special polishing or cutting to maximize their beauty. They were treasured since ancient times and pearl jewelry has always been in style.
In this post, we will talk about some other aspects of pearl jewelry.
History about pearl jewelry
In ancient Greece, pearl jewelry was used until the twentieth century as pearls were considered as most valued gems. Byzantine empire ordered that only ruling class was allowed to wear pearls.
In England, the 16th century was called as pearl age.
Symbolism of pearls
During ancient societies, pearls were considered as symbol of moon and certain magical properties were attributed to pearls. Ancient Chinese civilizations believed that pearls can protect from dragons and fire.
Few other cultures consider pearls as symbol of chastity and modesty. Small seed pearls In Victorian England were often used as mourning jewelry as a symbol of tears.
Pearls as gifts
The use of pearls as gift was well known since long time. Some of the famous pearl gifts that were exchanged are as follows:
- During the 13th century, Marco Polo visited the Mongolian emperor called Kublai Khan whom he presented Arco Valley Pearl that weighed 575 carats.
- A beautiful pearl “La Peregrina” was presented by Spain’s Prince Phillip II to his bride in the 16th century.
- Till 1960s, La Peregrina, had many royal owners when actor Richard Burton offered it to his wife Elizabeth Taylor.
- During their honeymoon Joe DiMaggio presented to Marilyn Monroe in Japan.
- Prince Rainier gave to Grace Kelly when she became princess.
Pearl jewelry today
You can get spectacular pearl jewelry, both new and also antique pieces made of Akoya Cultured Pearl, Cortez Sea Pearl sourced in eco-friendly manner.
Also, many new varieties of cultured pearl jewelleries are available today.
Caring about pearl jewelry
Acid can damage pearls. Hence, use dry/damp cloth to clean pearls after wearing them once. Don’t let perfume or any other chemicals to come in contact with the pearls, and also keep them far away from risky heat.