All about Pearls I AG Agora Jewellery London. The pearl is loved throughout the world for its beauty, delicacy and elegance.
One of the world's favourite and most precious gemstones. The beautiful pearl was first thought to be created by the teardrops of a mermaid, a dewdrop from the moon or a gift to dedicate to the goddess of love.
Many thousands of years ago, long before written history, human beings probably discovered the first pearl while searching the seashore for food. Countless references to the pearl can be found in the religions and mythology of cultures from the earliest times. The ancient Egyptians prized pearls so much they were buried with them. Cleopatra reportedly dissolved a single pearl in a glass of wine and drank it, simply to win a wager with Mark Antony that she could consume the wealth of an entire nation in just one meal.
With the introduction of the cultured pearl from Japan in the 1920s, the pearl has achieved broader luxury and fashionable appeal. The pearl still has an important symbolic status with many new brides will choosing to wear an elegant piece of pearl jewellery on their wedding day.
It will take years for the mollusc to slowly deposit concentric layers of an organic material called nacre to form a natural pearl.
Techniques for culturing pearls in oysters and mussels have been developed in the last hundred years to replicate this natural process.