Ah pearls! They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but pearls have a timeless and classic beauty that as been acknowledged for centuries.
Pearls are known as the ‘queen of gems’ and have been coveted over the ages. Officially the world’s oldest gem, pearls have been revered since long before written history. Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC, while in ancient Rome, pearl jewellery was considered the ultimate status symbol. So precious were the spherical gems that in the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar passed a law limiting the wearing of pearls only to the ruling classes.
In ancient China, pearl jewellery was said to symbolise the purity of the wearer while, in the Dark Ages, knights often wore pearls on the battlefield, believing that the precious gemstones would keep them safe.
Ladies of nobility and royalty wore elaborate pearl necklaces, pearl earrings, pearl bracelets and
brooches, by the 19th century, demand for pearl jewellery became so high that oyster supplies began to dwindle.
What illustrious company your keeping when you decide to wear pearl earrings! Whether you decide your style runs to classic, understated, perfectly spherical white, natural pearls or whether you prefer coloured, misshapen, freshwater pearls you’ll be spoilt for choice for pearl earrings.
Modern jewellery designers run the gamut of fashion looks when they design pearl earrings. Nowadays pearl earrings aren’t just the dainty, discreet studs of previous generations. Now you’ll find pearl earrings that are bold, graphic, swinging and all the variants in between!
Since the advent of pearl farms in the very late nineteenth century by Japanese man, Kokicho Mikimoto, pearl earrings aren’t only available to the very wealthy. Pearl earrings are now within the financial reach of most pearl lovers.
So, start your search now! You’ll definitely find that pair of pearl earrings that speaks to you! Or, more likely, you’ll find yourself the proud owner of many pairs of pearl earrings!