The meaning of Pearl jewellery – a present that is said to represent the best in someone
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Pearls are said to symbolise the best within us: Honesty, Purity, Wisdom and Integrity. Yes . . pearls remind us to walk with dignity.
Pearl jewellery has been popular as a symbol of purity (and peace) for centuries – lifting people’s spirits and making them feel calm and dignified.
But pearl jewellery is also said to improve self-worth and help people see themselves as they really are.
A gift of a pearl is often presented as an emblem of modesty and freedom – and one that symbolises love, success and happiness.
In China, the Pearl is considered to be a Tear from Heaven or the Tear of God. A Pearl is given to young, unmarried Chinese girls to help them find their soul mate. It is a gift that Chinese fathers love to give to their young daughters.
Pearls symbolise innocence and a pure heart, and help people to get in touch with the simple, honest things of life.
Pearl jewelry is associated with the more feminine side of people.
Pearl is the Anniversary gem for the 3rd year of marriage, and often gifted as an Engagement present. It is the ‘birthstone’ for June and can be associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer.
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From the International Coloured Gemstone Association:
Pearls are organic gems, created by oysters. Most cultured pearls are produced in Japan. In the warmer waters of the South Pacific, larger oysters produce South Sea cultured pearls and Tahitian black cultured pearls, which are larger in size. Freshwater pearls are cultured in mussels, mostly in China.
Cultured and natural pearls can be distinguished from imitation ones by a very simple test. Take the pearl and rub it against the edge of a tooth. Cultured and natural pearls will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel as smooth as glass because the surface is moulded or painted on a smooth bead.
Pearl jewellery is often found as family heirlooms, passed on from a grandmother to mother and from a mother to the daughter. Being the most magical and feminine of all gems, pearl jewellery has long been considered as one of the most romantic items that can be gifted to a lady. It is recognised as the emblem of modesty, purity and chastity. Pearl jewellery also symbolises a happy marriage therefore the freshwater pearl is much preferred by girls during their engagement days or by brides as their wedding jewelry. So pearls have become the most popular accessories for bridal wear and still continue to be a strong favourite today. The innocence and beauty symbolised by the pearl is also symbolised by the bride, so the match is perfect. Pearl jewelry makes a perfect wedding present, birthday gift or Christmas presents.
Eastern cultures believe that pearls symbolise purity and spiritual transformation. Simply wearing an item of pearl jewellery reminds the wearer to be pure, honest, wise, and to walk with the utmost dignity. Black or gold pearls symbolise prosperity and riches.
June is the main month of the pearl (and the birthsigns of Gemini and Cancer) and many women and men born in this month proudly display pearls to honour this fact.