Pearls hold a certain appeal in most women’s hearts. They maintain a certain classic appeal that moves beyond mercurial trends. Here are a few fun facts about pearls that may surprise you:
Pearls are the only gemstone made by living animals. Pearls differ from other gemstones in that they are not mined from the earth; they are made by creatures called mollusks. Mollusks produce pearls under unique circumstances over time, from a grain of sand. Not all mollusks produce pearls, and real pearls are quite rare in nature.
- The oldest known pearl jewelry fragment was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC.
- The origin of the name Pearl is derived from the Latin word “pirum” which means “pear” reflecting the shape of the gem.
- The Pearl symbolizes Loyalty, Faithfulness and Friendship<
- According to legends, Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it to prove her love for Marc Antony.
- In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers adopted pearl as the birthstone of June. Pearls are also the birthstone for the Zodiac signs of Gemini and Cancer
- Myths and legends give pearls the powers of love, luck, protection, wealth, wisdom through experience and life to the laws of karma.
- Early Chinese mythology had pearls falling as rain when dragons fought.
- Greeks believed that pearls were the tears of gods.
- The name Margarita means ‘pearls’. Other names such as Margaret, Peggy, Marjorie, Margot, Maggie, Gretchen, Gretal and Rita also mean ‘pearl’ and signify purity, innocence, humility and sweetness