Way back when and I do mean way back, we as humans were hunters and gathers. We roamed from place to place all in hopes of finding food so we didn't starve to death.
One day at the seashore, an unsuspecting person stumbled upon a pearl in the shell. I like to think that instead of trying to eat it that he or she showed it off with pride and everyone fell in love with this little piece of artwork.
Jumping through time, we discover the following:
In the dark ages, knights wore pearls into battle for protection and in ancient Rome they were a status symbol of wealth.
in ancient Greece, the pearl became associated with love and marriage and in the Renaissance period it was forbidden for anyone outside of nobility to wear them.
In modern times, many people believe that if a bride wears pearls her marriage will be happy and also by wearing them she won't cry at her wedding.
Many modern brides get their first cultured pearls on her wedding day and let's face it, one of the most admired women in American history was Mrs. Jackie Kennedy (wife of President John Kennedy) and she wore them all them time. If you are too young to know who Jackie O was, think Barbara Bush.
There are still a lot of people who don't believe that cultured freshwater pearls are genuine but they are.
All pearls are cultured. People add material which is an irritate so the pearl is started and when enough time as passed it's cultivated.
Price is a major factor for a lot of people and the price difference between freshwater and saltwater can be thousands. Yes, thousands!
In case you aren't sure how to tell the difference between real (freshwater and saltwater versus faux), it's quite simple to distinguish between real and fake. Simply rub them against your teeth using a side to side motion. A real pearl will usually have a slightly rough (gritty) texture from scale that it has in it's outer layers. If it is a faux pearl, it will most likely be made from glass or plastic and will be smooth.
Just in case you were wondering about the types of real pearls, they are Freshwater Pearls, Akoya Pearls, Tahitian Pearls and South Sea Pearls.
No matter if you wear real or faux pearls- wear them with pride. They have a rich history and have stood the test of time.
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