Thousands of years ago, before written history, people probably discovered the first pearl while searching the seashore for food.
Throughout history, the pearl, with its warm inner glow and shimmering iridescence,
has been highly prized and sought-after.
References to the pearl can be found in the religions and mythology of cultures from the earliest times.
The ancient Egyptians prized pearls so much they were buried with them. Cleopatra reportedly dissolved a single pearl in a glass of wine and drank it, simply to win a wager with Mark Antony that she could consume the wealth of an entire nation in just one meal.
In ancient Rome, pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and social standing.
The Greeks held the pearl in high esteem for both its unrivaled beauty and its association with love and marriage.
During the Dark Ages, while fair maidens of nobility cherished delicate pearl necklaces, gallant knights often wore pearls into battle. They believed the magic of these lustrous gems would protect them from harm.
The Renaissance saw the royal courts of Europe awash in pearls. Because pearls were so highly regarded, a number of European countries had laws forbidding anyone but the nobility to wear them.
She is wearing exquisite Pearl Earrings whose lustre matches her skin tones perfectly. With these earrings she is alluring.
The size of South Sea pearls are from 10-20mm. Pearls larger than 16mm are rare.
Today, pearl diving has largely been supplanted by cultured pearl farms. They use a process promoted by Kokichi Mikimoto. Particles implanted in the oyster encourage the formation of pearls which allows for more predictable production.
Today’s pearl industry produces billions of pearls every year.
In Puerto Princesa City, Philippines is the biggest natural giant pearl found
at 34 kgs worth $100 million.
The Australian South Sea pearl oyster thrives only in a very small area of the Indian Ocean, the only area in the world where the warm ocean waters can produce the magnificent South Sea pearl.
Teams of Paspaley divers navigate the perils of the ocean’s depths to hand-pick the wild oysters from the seabed. Paspaley has also invested significantly in creating hatcheries to breed pearl oysters, to ensure a thriving future for this unique pearl oyster.
Being on of the remaining pearling fleets diving for wild pearl oysters, Paspaley is one of the last sources of natural pearls in the world.
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