The Types of Pearl Used in Jewellery
They say diamonds are forever, but humans have recognised pearls as precious for much longer than any cut stone. Found in natural oyster beds, pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC. And in ancient Rome, pearls were considered so valuable that they were restricted to the ruling classes. With such a long history of use as jewellery, pearls have become enveloped with mystery and intrigue. But while we’re less likely to subscribe to the symbolic value of pearls in the modern age, it’s still widely agreed that they carry an air of effortless beauty, despite the passing of time. It’s no wonder then that pearls have come to be one of our most precious stones.