Pearls are rightly called the “Queen of Gems” as they are timeless pieces, raved about for centuries. Most of the women’s fashion jewellery is curated using metals and precious stones discovered hidden in the Earth. However, pearls are a product of a natural process of oysters lying beneath the sea.
For all the readers, having a huge penchant for pearls, and wondering how they originated, fret not, we got you. Let us take you on a jog back to the times when they were first discovered.
Stories surrounding the origin of these magical gems.
Thousands of years ago, it is believed that people discovered pearls while hunting the seashore in search of food. Ever since the origin of natural pearls, the major discovery, the people, along with their warm glow and shimmering surface, have been the most desirable and the one of the most highly priced pieces of nature’s creation. Let us look at some of the legends in different countries.
The Chinese used to associate pearls with the purity of the one adorning them and were offered as presents to the Chinese royalty until 2300 BC. For the ancient Romans, pearl jewellery was linked to high social standing and richness. The legends narrate the story of Cleopatra drinking a glass of wine by dissolving a crushed pearl into it to win a gamble over Mark Antony proving that she can consume the wealth of an entire nation in one drink. The Indian ancient Hindu texts depicts that India was one place that god Krishna discovered the first pearl. Since then, India has a long, glorious history of appreciating pearls. The Greeks used to pride in pearls for their unparalleled beauty and connection in love and marriage. In the dark ages, while fair maidens of nobility devoured these jewels, the courageous Knights wore pearls going for a battle, believing their magic to guard them against evil powers.
During the formation of the New World, marking the expansion of Europe, the discovery of pearls in Central America in the 15th and 16th centuries led to the birth of the famous Pearl Age. It added to the riches of Europe, with the ladies of royalty and nobility decorated themselves with intricate pearl jewellery. Thus, the demand for them surged so high that the greed and hunger for pearls led people to go to the ends of the earth to extract these precious jewels. This led to the exploitation of oyster supplies and their numbers began to shrink.
But today, post the birth of cultured pearls, the pearl fascinators can continue enjoying these gems at prices unthinkable to the early explorers.
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