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A few “pearls of wisdom”

Jun 05, 2018
Pearls Final

It is appropriate that the gem for June, the ideal month to tie the knot, is one that has such a strong association with weddings and brides - the Pearl.

The ‘queen-gem’, emblem of modesty, purity and fertility, is perhaps the best-loved gem of all time, with its tranquil beauty making it the perfect complement to more flashy gems.

In ancient Vedic texts, the pearl is born of the earth’s waters and the heaven’s powers, fertilized by a flash of lightning. But we now know that natural pearls form from a tiny irritant in the bodies of certain molluscs, which it coats with nacre in order to reduce the irritation.

With spherical shaped natural pearls being incredibly rare and valuable- as the irritant is very seldom a uniform shape- Kokichi Mikimoto began to culture pearls through the deliberate insertion of a bead or piece of tissue in 1893. This has meant that spherical pearls with a beautiful natural patina have become more prevalent and are now more readily available to those other than royalty. Large irregular shaped (baroque) pearls can also be incredibly valuable, especially South Sea and Tahitian, and give a beautiful natural look to any piece of jewellery.

Here are a few more ‘pearls of wisdom’:

Pearls, like all jewellery, has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. So please call in and try on our beautiful collection of cultured Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and fresh water pearls to see what all the fuss is about.