"All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
- Frederico Fellini
As the oldest gemstones that the world has known, pearls have been celebrated for centuries as symbols of purity and natural beauty, which are shining embodiments of refinement and taste. Having been treasured for c. 6000 years, their origins appear in widespread mythologies. In ancient Japan, pearls were said to be created from the tears of mermaids, angels and other mystical beings, whilst Arabian legend told an enchanting tale of dewdrops infused with moonlight that fell into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters. Further west, Greek mythology praised them as tears of joy that were shed by the goddess of love, Aphrodite.
Due to their birthplace of water, which is a lunar domain, pearls are considered to be daughters of the moon. Furthermore, as certain mythologies describe that the goddess of love emerged from the sea, the pearl has astrological connections with the planet Venus in western cultures. These associations with Venus and the moon have largely classified it as a feminine jewel.
In Ancient Egypt, pearls were cherished to the extent that they were buried with the dead. Moreover, in the glorious days of the British Empire, these gems were only worn by royalty as they were demonstrations of wealth, class and power. When worn by the wearer, pearls are believed to inspire a sense of wisdom, calmness and regal composure, whilst also symbolising the purity, integrity and loyalty of its wearer.
With the brilliant luster and shiny iridescence that they are renowned for, pearls are exquisite gifts for any woman, exemplifying the feminine with taste and elegance. This is expressed in the timeless words of Jackie Kennedy, who stated that "pearls are always appropriate."