Pearl necklaces are one of the oldest known jewelry in the world, dating back to the ancient times. The pearl is said to be the oldest known gem. It also the only gem that is not mined or artificially manufactured, but rather, created by a living organism – the seemingly inconspicuous oyster.
Pearl collection was a difficult task in the old days. One would have to dive into the ocean depths to find oysters, but not all oysters produce pearls. Therefore, only a few pearls can be collected.
Because of this, authentic pearl necklaces are considered very precious and highly priced among the world’s jewelry collectors. In Roman society of centuries past, only royalty and certain persons of high rank were allowed to wear pearls. It was suspicious of anyone below that rank to be wearing such expensive and rare jewels, for they would not have been able to afford it. On the other hand, the wealthy ladies of Rome who had the coin (or whose husbands could afford expensive jewelry) would covet these rare pearl necklaces, and flaunt them should they get their hands on their beauty.
In other ancient cultures, pearls were believed to have magical or healing properties. Pearl necklaces and earrings were worn to guard against evil spirits, to cure sickness, and sometimes as an amulet for attracting good luck. Pearl necklaces were associated with the moon and was said to draw magical powers from it.
From the pearl necklaces of the ancient world, one has survived through the centuries. Fragments of a pearl necklace were discovered in an ancient sarcophagus of a Persian Princess. It is now housed with care in the Louvre museum in Paris – a testament to the rich history of the pearl.
Choose from the pearl necklaces collection of Povada for your very own pearl necklace!