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Of all the precious gems in the world, the one known as ‘Queen of the Jewels' is valued for being incredibly unique. The pearl, in all its lustrous glory, embodies a sense of strength, wisdom, love and femininity. For centuries, this elegant gemstone has been regarded as a magical totem, believed to bring the wearer good luck and wealth. It’s no wonder that women pass these wondrous gems down from generation to generation.
One of the oldest pearl discoveries dates back to 520 BC, where it apparently adorned a famous Persian Princess. As the only gemstone to form within a living creature, natural pearls have always been rare, but are even more so now. These precious gems were often only worn by royal women and passed on as priceless heirlooms.
In the early 1900s, Kokichi Mikimoto introduced the world to cultivated pearls, opening the door for millions of women to own these empowering gemstones. Pearl farms popped up across the world to serve the endless demand for such smooth, elegant white jewels. During this Victorian era, the age-old tradition of a bride wearing pearls on her wedding day was born. From here, women looked forward to inheriting the pearls of their grandmothers and great grandmothers before them.
From wedding day traditions to First Lady fashion, pearls have evolved to symbolize power and leadership. Martha Washington started the trend with a delicate pearl brooch that commanded the attention in any room she waltzed through. Since then, first ladies have followed in her footsteps including Jacqueline Kennedy with her elegant pearl necklaces. Today, you’ll see these lovely gemstones gracing the necks of female politicians in every sector.
The legacy of the pearl continues today. From the powerful politician to the doting stay-at-home mom, these precious gems offer timeless elegance for all. They make stunning gifts for young ladies and often grace the necks of brides across the world. It’s only fitting that the pearl is June’s birthstone, a month marked by matrimony. But, whether you partake in bridal traditions or want to pass an heirloom down through your own family line, pearls never go out of style. Empower the ladies in your life with these subtle, yet elegant gemstones. At Lauray’s Diamond Center you’ll find the best pearl jewelry for any bride, birthday girl or strong-willed woman in your life. You can browse our vast collection online or visit our experts in store and let us help you find the perfect pearl today.