People have coveted natural pearls as symbols of wealth and status for thousands of years. A Chinese historian recorded the oldest written mention of natural pearls in 2206 BC. As the centuries progressed toward modern times, desire for natural pearls remained strong. Members of royal families as well as wealthy citizens in Asia, Europe, and elsewhere treasured natural pearls and passed them from generation to generation.
From those ancient times until the discovery of the New World in 1492, some of the outstanding sources of natural pearls were the Persian Gulf, the waters of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Chinese rivers and lakes, and the rivers of Europe.
During Christopher Columbus’s third (1498) and fourth (1502) voyages to the New World, he repeatedly encountered native people adorned with natural pearls. His discovery of natural pearl sources in the waters of present-day Venezuela and Panama intensified demand in Europe. However, within a hundred years, these natural pearl sources had declined due to overfishing, pearl culturing, plastic buttons, and oil drilling.
The first steps toward pearl culturing occurred hundreds of years ago in China, and Japanese pioneers successfully produced whole cultured pearls around the beginning of the twentieth century. These became commercially important in the 1920s (about the same time natural pearl production began to decline). From the 1930s through the 1980s, pearl culturing diversified and spread to various countries around the world.
Pearls are treasures from the Earth’s ponds, lakes, seas, and oceans, and they’ve always embodied the mystery, power, and life-sustaining nature of water.
Not surprisingly, many cultures have made lunar associations with pearls. These connections are further reinforced by the Moon’s association with the watery domain where pearls are born.
In ancient China, pearls were believed to guarantee protection from fire and fire-breathing dragons. In Europe, they symbolized modesty, chastity, and purity.
The magic of pearls will bring you inner wisdom and help to strengthen and nurture the growth of pure love.
It will teach you to open up and find the meaning and the purpose of your “true self.” They enlighten the mind and inspire the mood, while helping you to learn to love yourself more and, in turn, love others more, as well.
Pearl enhances feelings of good will and positive, uplifting feelings.
Calms and soothes the emotions, heals the negative inner voice and sub-personalities
These stones when worn or carried, spread loving vibrations. Wear pearls as an insurance for a happy marriage.
Pearls and relieve uneasiness, nervousness, anxiety and tension. They also have a positive effect on people who are inclined to hold in their emotions.
These Moon and Water ruled stones enhance sincerely, truth and loyalty.
Pearl is the traditional birthstone for June
Types of pearls -
Cultured pearls, freshwater pearls, natural pearls, Akoya pearls, Majorca pearls. If your confused about pearls, don’t worry, it can be difficult to know what is a good pearl and what’s not. And if you are about to buy some pearls and aren’t really sure what to look for and what you should pay. So let’s start at the beginning. The Pearl is an organic gem, that is, one that comes from a living thing, Coral and Amber are also organic gems. Pearls are produced from molluscs, that’s oysters or mussels. In the case of natural pearls a small grain of sand or irritant finds its way into the mollusc which, then secretes a soothing substance called nacre over the irritant and over time, this forms the Pearl.
Today, most of the wild natural pearl producing molluscs are gone and natural pearls are very rare. Now, all pearls are cultivated pearls. That is, they have been given help to produce a pearl in a pearl farm. Pearls are formed over months and years in molluscs which have had a small piece of mantle shell, or bead inserted into the mollusc and this, takes the place of the grain of sand, and produces the pearl. The molluscs can be grown in saltwater-the sea or freshwater-rivers, ponds and lakes. The Pearls we have on this website are freshwater cultivated or cultured Pearls. There are four major types of cultured pearls which are on the market today:
Akoya—This type is familiar to many jewellery customers. Japan and China both produce saltwater Akoya cultured pearls. Usually about 6-7mm in size with a cream to white body colour. Great quality and lovely deep luster.
South Sea—Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines are leading sources of these saltwater cultured pearls. Usually in white, silver or golden and often sized at 8 to 15mm. Dramatic and stunning.
Tahitian—Cultivated primarily around the islands of French Polynesia (the most familiar of these is Tahiti), these saltwater cultured pearls usually range from white to black and green to purple. Again large pearls in around 8 to 14 mm.
Freshwater—These are usually cultured in freshwater lakes, rivers and ponds. They’re produced in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colours. China and the US are the leading sources. These represent great quality if you find a good supplier who knows the key quality points.