Pearls are formed when an unwanted individual (such as sand) invades a mussel, clam, or oyster. The organism that is being invaded then begins to plaster the invader with nacre, that iridescent gloss you see on pearls. The nacre prevents the invader from doing any damage. The organism continues lathering on the nacre until the invader is no longer a threat, becoming a beautiful pearl.
Revealed by Man:
Pearls are incredibly universal. They symbolize absolute purity and are found to be significant to religions all over the world. Some of the earliest known fascinations with pearls dates back to the Chinese before 5th Century BC when Egyptians started to use them in décor. In the 1800s, fishing had drastically reduce the number of oysters around Europe, therefore raising the price of the beautiful gemstone so high that only the rich could afford pearls, thus connecting them to the image of royalty.
Legend and Lore:
Pearl is often tied to being wholesome and the significance of tradition. In many June weddings, the bride and the bride’s mother will wear a string of Culture Pearls, which are pristine white, perfectly spherical, and are the most common pearls. Pearls also revere an astrological significance, binding it’s beauty to Venus. Like the roman goddess of beautiful, pearls also came from the sea.
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