THE PEARL IS THE QUEEN OF GEMS AND THE GEM OF QUEENS
JANUARY 06, 2014 by DOROTHY MURPHY
In ancient times the pearl was thought to have magical powers and were associated with the moon. Pearls have been used as a status symbol throughout history. The oldest known pearl is on display in The Lourve which belonged to a Persian princess who died in 520 BC. If they are good enough for a princess they are good enough for a princess they are good enough for me!
No two pearls are ever the same which makes every piece of jewellery unique, it’s lovely to know that the pearl that you have is the only one like it and no one will ever have the exact same one. The vast majority of pearls used in the world are cultured freshwater pearls or saltwater pearls. Chupi uses gorgeous cultured freshwater pearls in her designs. The only difference between the two apart from salty or non salty water is that freshwater pearls are from mussels and saltwater pearls are from oysters. Both pearl types are very similar as they are both are created by the same chemical. Amazingly a single mussel can produce more than ten pearls in a variety of beautiful colours from pink, lavender, peach through to the white pearls we are all familiar with. Recent research has also shown that developments in production have resulted in freshwater mussels displaying more lustre and overall better strength and quality.
A beautiful piece of pearl jewellery oozes class and sophistication. Pearls are often associated with weddings as they represent purity and innocence, but they are ideal for any occasion no matter your age. The pearl does not just represent purity and innocence there are many different meanings for the different colours. The pink pearls represent love, the golden pearls are traditionally a symbol of wealth, green pearls represent romance, blue pearls are a symbol of eternity and black represent dignity. Personally I love the fact that there are little hidden symbols hidden in the various colours of pearls and you can choose one to suit the occasion.
Are you a fan of pearls?