The pearl is known as one of the oldest gem, and for centuries it was considered as the most valuable resource. A fragment of the oldest known pearl jewelry, found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC, is displayed in the Louvre in Paris. To the ancients, pearls were a symbol of the moon and had magical powers. In classical Rome, only persons above a certain rank were allowed to wear pearl jewelry. Pearls have been considered so ideal wedding gifts because they symbolize one of the purity and innocence. In the religion of Hindu, the presentation of an undrilled pearl and its piercing has become part of the marriage ceremony.
The Latin word for pearl merely means “unique” which attests to the fact that no two pearls are same. In the romance languages like the Spanish, French, Italian, margarita means pearl. The word pearl appeared in the English language in the century of fourteenth. In the Americas, both the Incas and Aztecs prized pearls for their beauty and magical powers. Spanish explorers of the New World found the natives in possession of rich pearl fisheries.
Historic Meaning of the various colors of Pearls:
- White: Symbol of Purity
- Rose, Pink: Symbol of Love
- Golden: Symbol of Wealth
- Peacock Green: Symbol of Romance
- Sapphire Blue: Symbol of Eternity
- Black: Symbol of Dignity