Pearls are perhaps the most beloved gem of all, with history dating all the way back to 2206 BC. There are both natural and cultured pearls. Natural pearls are formed in the bodies of certain mollusks, while cultured pearls are created using human intervention usually in mollusks raised for that purpose. There are 4 types of cultured pearls based on their origin:
- South Sea
Pearls symbolize wisdom and are said to attract wealth and luck as well as offer protection. Known for their calming effect, pearls can balance one’s karma, strengthen relationships, and keep you safe. The pearl is also said to symbolize the purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty of its wearer.
Fun Facts About Pearls:
- Pearls can be white, black, gray, yellow, orange, pink, lavender, green, or blue
- The first cultured pearl was created in 1893 in Japan
- The tooth test is real! Imitation pearls will be smooth when rubbed against your tooth but a real one will feel rough