Pearl History and their Significance Around the World
A pearl is a beautiful accident of nature, created when a mollusk attempts to defend its delicate body from an unwelcome and irritating invader, such as a grain of sand. Its natural defence system is to secrete a substance (known as nacre) around the intruder, and this is what, in the end, becomes a pearl.
Modern day wearers of freshwater pearl necklaces may never realise the rich history and allure that these gems have. Referred to by many as the "Queen of Gems", the lengths pearl divers went to just so that they could collect natural pearls definitely reflected in the expensive price people had to pay for pearl jewellery. Read on to find out more about pearl diving and how this gemstone has been viewed throughout history around the world.
About Pearls: Diving And Cultural Views Throughout History
Divers would risk their lives going right down to the bottom of the sea floor to check oysters individually for pearls, but because not all oysters will produce a pearl, this made their job even more difficult. To find a perfectly round (and therefore more desirable and marketable pearl) in an oyster is a rare occasion, which made pearls even more valuable. In fact, only three or four pearls would be found on average after cracking open (literally) a ton of oysters. This didn't put divers off however, as they've been collected for thousands of years, long before modern technologies and scuba gear was made available.
Free-diving, which is when the diver doesn't use any equipment and will just hold their breath underwater, was the most widespread kind of diving up until the early 1900s. In Japanese culture, women free-divers called "Ama" (which literally translates to "Sea Woman") dates back 2000 years.
In Islamic, Christian and Hindu cultures, pearls have long symbolised purity, so much so that they're a popular choice of jewellery for the bride to wear at a wedding. In ancient religions, they were believed to hold magical powers and were symbolic of the moon.
Beautiful & Elegant Freshwater Pearl Necklaces
If you've fallen in love with the beautiful pearl, which is the birthstone of June, much like our ancestors did, why not take a look at our gorgeous and durable freshwater pearl necklaces? As well as necklaces, you'll find rings and bracelets featuring this lovely stone.
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