Pearls, dear reader, are the ultimate feminine accessory.
This is because they are the one article of jewelry that is worn exclusively by women.
And best of all, dear, reader, pearls are appropriate at all times, from day wear to office wear, to more formal situations or evenings out.
“Pearls are always appropriate. ” – Jackie Kennedy
“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls” – Coco Chanel
Pearls are a symbol of wisdom through experience, and at the same time of innocence and purity. The also are associated with wealth, beauty, and elegance.
The dictionary defines them a pearl as “one that is highly regarded for its beauty or value.”
Formed from a secretion in response to an irritant under an oyster’s shell, pearls are found deep in the sea, rather than far underground within the earth like other gemstones.
Because of their uniqueness, pearls have been prized and admired for centuries, dating as far back as ancient Greece.
Legend has it that Egyptian empress Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in a glass of vinegar and drank it in one motion in order to prove her wealth and power to her lover Mark Anthony.
Prominent icons since, including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and many others, have also worn them and incorporated their symbolism into their image.
Interestingly, pearls have also been referenced by many religions across the world.
The Bible cites them in the context of their beauty and value in many instances, as does the Quran:
“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” – Matthew 7:6
“Gardens of Eternity will they enter: therein will they be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls; and their garments there will be of silk.” 35:33
When shopping for pearls, dear reader, keep an eye out for quality as well. Pearls are judged based on the size, smoothness, shape, and brightness of the stone – the rounder, larger, smoother and brighter the pearls are the better.