Parels: Natuurlijke Juwelen

Pearls: Natural Jewels

Pearls have been a source of fascination for jewelry lovers for centuries. These wonders from the depths of the sea have a fascinating history and an intriguing origin.

How pearls are formed

Pearls are formed in a unique way, in response to an irritating particle entering an oyster or mussel. In a protective response, the shellfish begins to form a layer of nacre around the irritating object. This process results in the formation of a pearl, a natural work of art that varies in color, size and luster.

The history of pearls

Pearls have played an important role in various cultures throughout history. In ancient China, pearls were considered symbols of wisdom and wealth, while the Romans associated them with love and power. During the Middle Ages, pearls were popular jewelry among European royal families. Their timeless beauty has made them symbols of elegance and refinement to this day.

The most common origin of pearls

Although pearls can be found all over the world, most come from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Countries such as Japan, Australia and the Philippines are known for their beautiful Akoya pearls. The South Sea, in turn, is known for its impressive white and gold pearls, while the Black Sea is famous for its dark, mysterious Tahitian pearls.

Sustainability and cultivation

Cultivation in which human intervention accelerates the pearl formation process (now about 98% of all pearls) has increased the availability of pearls. Nevertheless, this practice has not replaced the traditional value of natural pearls, as they are still prized for their unique imperfections and unparalleled beauty.

Pearls, like jewels from the deep, have aroused admiration throughout the ages. At Gloria Maris you will find countless jewelry with pearls; pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets and pearl earrings. View our latest pearl jewelry collection here.