Pearls have been considered a powerful symbol of wealth and status for thousands of years. The oldest written mention of pearls has been recorded in China in 2206 BC.
Pearl have been long beloved by royals. Cleopatra was said to own two of the largest Pearls in the world. Legend has it that she dissolved and drank one of them to win a bet with Marc Antony. The other Pearl was cut into two pieces and placed in the ears of Venus in the Pantheon of Rome. Queen Elisabeth the II has been given Pearls as her first serious piece of jewellery, since than a strand of Pearls has become her signature.
Pearl is an organic gemstone, that is formed by molluscs, such as oysters and mussels. When an irritant – a grain of sand or a little stone – get inside the shell, the mollusc secrets it in layers of nacre to protect itself from the irritant. As layer upon layer of nacre coats the irritant, a pearl is formed. The process of building a solid pearl can take up to seven or eight years.
Pearls are said to give the wearer a sense of calmness and centeredness, to promote faith, loyalty, truth and purity. They are a strong symbol of femininity, helping women connect with their ‘inner goddesses’ and obtain the ultimate ‘feminine energy’. Pearls are believed to have high frequencies of energy vibrations which can re-balance deficiencies in the body.
This gemstone is said to aid the healing of lung diseases, the heart, kidneys and liver. Pearls can help to reduce allergies and treat stomach aches and colds.