Information on Pearls

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Throughout the history of pearls, Natural Pearls formed without any help from man, remain after all these centuries, the queen of pearls.

Little pearl secrets are hard to come by even on planet-pearl! And discrepancies still exist as to the early discovery of the pearl cultivating technique to the "secrets" behind imitation pearls and the Spanish process of how on the earth are Majorica pearls made!

Old Pearl Information is hard to find too, even in some of the great books on Pearls!



The following juicy information, challenges the popular belief, that the Japanese were the first to cultivate pearls. "Discovery of the Pearl Cultivating Technique" questions the belief that the Japanese, were the inventors of bead-nucleated cultured pearls.

Rock solid information on pearls, is as rare as reliable information on buying gold.

Some think the mystery of a pearl is due to its appearance; its restrained beauty and mysterious lunar glow that draws you in, ever deeper. The spell it castes is apparent in the classic novel - The Pearl, by John Steinbeck.

From the earliest accounts of pearl diving, it's premier Persian Gulf Pearls, from the Gulf of Oman and South East Arabia that are mentioned time and time again.

Old information about Natural Pearls can be traced back two and half thousand years and the parable in the Bible of the pearls before swine confirms that pearls were revered even back in biblical times.

Natural marine pearls are important, socially, politically and economically, so important in fact, they actually determined the wealth of nations in the past.

Along the shores of India and Sri Lanka, rich folklore has developed concerning their origin and special properties.

Earliest accounts of Natural pearls describe them as "zoo minerals" and little pearls were regarded as objects of good omen. Like the moon which can be visualized as a large pearl white, pearls have strong feminine qualities with sexual meaning.

In the Old World, marine pearls were widely traded and were an ideal form of portable wealth. The Baroda Pearls of the royal treasury of the Maharaja of Baroda is a fine example of well-travelled jewelry. Pearls and precious gemstones were among the most mobile and realizable assets.

For information on how to identify natural pearls from cultured pearls, click HERE.

Sources for information on pearls and their origin can be divided into three sections:

1. Legends and classical mythology concerning the use of pearls.

2. Ancient pearls recovered from archaeological sites or preserved in historic collections. Although pearls do slowly deteriorate under extreme environmental conditions, more little pearls have survived than what we have been led to believe.

3. Information through the history of pearls, from the written word, in the form of writing from reports, diaries, dissertations, letters, poems, plays, chronicles, journals, taxation returns and even the bible mentions pearls.

Even the Bible mentions pearls, in the old proverb: "Cast Not Your Pearls Before Swine." Pearls have been loved down through the centuries and by men just as much as woman, weaving them into "pearls-of-wisdom", classical mythology and even painting them!


In the masterpiece, "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" by seventeenth-century Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer, the precise realism of a natural pearl is captured.

Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

Some old information about pearls comes from Chinese sources that shed light on the ancient India religion and its connection to pearls and its relevance to investing in Gold in India today. Arabian sources of pearl information concentrates on India and China.

Classical authors wrote information on marine pearls of the Persian Gulf and India.

Antique India jewelry was at the center of the Old World and nearly all of the detailed information on pearls comes from India, Iran and Arabia where it circulated before the beginning of the Christian era.

Information about pearls from India however, is often the most difficult to interpret because of the rich diversity among accounts from various Indigenous literature.

The more time you spend in pearls and the more information on pearls you absorb, well, the more the old proverb, "do not throw pearls before swine" really sinks in.

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