The History of Pearls

The history of pearls has always been linked to the history of mankind. Pearls have fascinated humans since more than 5000 years. The existence of pearls was documented 2200 B.C. for the first time. Enchantment and immaculate shape made them a cherished symbol of elegance for ancient and modern cultures. Roman emperors used pearls and fine garments to create matchless gems. Mother of pearl was one of the first and finest materials artists discovered for the creation of ornaments and jewellery.

The oldest formations of cultured pearls known to mankind were located in the Arab Gulf region, along the shores of Persia, Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait and the Red Sea. The most ancient pearl from the Persian Gulf dates back 4000 years. During the glorious times of the Romans, the emperors discovered a passionate love for pearls. Their desire for the precious gem was insatiable. This love reflects in the Latin language as well. The word ‘Margarita’ means pearl - and mistress. Elisabeth I, Queen of England, topped everyone’s adoration for pearls. She used to wear heavy strands of pearls constantly. She was the vain owner of splendiferous gowns embroidered with a treasure of 3000 pearls. The symbols of purity and perfection represented affluence and power since a very long time.

In clerical art, pearls were regarded as precious symbols for the love of god, adorning altars and a variety of clerical objects as well as priestly robes. Pearls, immaculate in their natural condition, do not need any further treatment, like other gems, to shine in unequalled beauty.