Being revered as one of the world's most beautiful and magical gems, pearls have been treasured for centuries longer than any cut stone all over the world.
Greek mythology proclaimed pearls to be tears of joy shed by the goddess Aphrodite. Ancient Egyptians associated pearls with Isis, the goddess of healing and life.
With a nickname such as the “queen of gems”, pearls were worn exclusively by royalty and wealthy nobility. In the glory days of the British Empire, only royalty were allowed to wear these lustrous gems.
There are many references to the pearl in literature and legends, and the lustrous jewels are often seen in famous paintings as jewelry, hair decorations and clothing adornments.
Before all the discoveries of cultured pearls, people relied solely on the collection of natural pearls. As natural pearls are extremely rare, they were considered so prohibitively expensive. Pearls have only been cultured since the early 1900s. Today, with the advent of pearl cultivation, pearls are available and affordable to all.