Saturday, September 15, 2012

The love of pearls in ancient times

History  tells us  that  that women  desire to adorn herself with ornaments of all kinds, especially pearls, being one of the nature's best bounties to humankind. Pearls  is the  most sought after gem because of their natural beauty and lustrous appeal. Unlike most gems which are mined, delicately cut  and shined, pearls are grown naturally in oysters in lakes or sea water.

Ancient history tells us that Egyptians used to bury pearls alongside the dead bodies of their  beloved. Remember  the Egyptian queen Cleopatra?  Historian revealed that  she  dissolved a single pearl in a glass of wine and drank it, simply to win a war  with Marc Anthony that she could consume the wealth of an entire nation in just one meal.

Pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity in old days . Pearls were limited to be worn by worriers and rulers. Many European countries passed laws forbidding the wearing of pearls by others outside of  the noble bloods. Ancient Greeks considered  pearl as a sign of happy marriage and sacred love when given during wedding.

Chinese ,Hindus  and Japanese during ancient times, always considered pearls a sign of love, health and prosperity . Example of this is the makimoto pearls Their beliefs expressed that they were tears from Heaven or Goddesses that were nurtured in an oyster's womb.

We read a lot in history about pearls. This maybe the reason why a lot of women of today love to wear pearl jewelry.