Pearl – gemstone of Moon
Pearls have been known to man since ancient times. There are many legends explaining the origin of pearls. The nature of the pearl was unknown for a long time. Legends and various stories about pearls can be divided into two groups: some colorfully explain the origin of pearls, and others narrate about its unusual properties. The ancient Greeks believed they were frozen drops of dew. Pliny claimed that the pearls were daughters of mollusks and the moonlight.
Pearls also appear in myths. The ancient Greeks considered it a gemstone of Aphrodite, “born from the foam of the sea”. For the inhabitants of ancient Rome, it personified Venus and was a symbol of love.
For a long time, pearls were called tears of angels, fallen into the sea and collected at the bottom by sea oysters.
Pearls are produced by the soft tissue of a mollusk. A pearl is composed of calcium carbonate.
The ideal pearl has a white color and a silky shine. However, its color can be pink, yellow, gray and even black, depending on the mollusk that gave birth to the pearl.
There are also several types of freshwater mollusks, which give the so-called “river pearls”. It is smaller in size than the sea one, and has an elongated shape resembling rice.
Pearl has always been a powerful talisman. It is considered a gemstone of love and fertility.
The size of the pearls varies from a pin head to a quail egg. The largest pearls are La Peregrina, Regent with a mass of 30 and 85 carats, as well as the Pearl of Allah, recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Its weight is 6,035 kg. This unique pearl was found in 1934 in the South China Sea off the island of Palawan under tragic circumstances. One of the pearl hunters dived to a depth of ten meters, but did not swim to the surface in time. He was found dead at the bottom, with a hand clamped by the flaps of a huge Tridacna. To everyone’s surprise, in the middle of the Tridacna there was a gigantic pearl.
In some places of our planet, especially in Japan, the cultivation of pearls has turned into a real industry.
Amazing pearl necklace
“Pearls are always right,” said Coco Chanel, and made pearls the most democratic decoration. She was the first to approve a combination of white pearls with a black sweater, a dark elegant jacket, a small black dress.
Pearl oxide helps people with cough, asthmatic attacks, tuberculosis, increased acidity of the stomach, dysfunction of the gallbladder. Some Vedic texts indicate the property of oxide to give strength and prolong life. Pearl powder has a diuretic effect and is considered an excellent remedy for disorders of the urinary tract. In addition, it is used for insomnia, bad smell from the mouth and burning in the stomach. Powder helps relieve tension and stress, overcome anger and irritation. It also helps to get rid of alcohol and drug addiction.
Pearl is a powerful symbol of light, purity, and femininity.
It protects from evil and fires, is an amulet from troubles and misfortunes, protects from deceptions and unfaithful friends. Contemplation of pearls brings peace, heals insomnia.
In the history of mankind, there is no period when pearls would lose their value. Probably the reason for this is its wonderful origin and amazing appearance, the tears of angels, the frozen light of the moon and other eternal miracles of this world.
Pearl – gemstone of Moon
Attractive pearl necklace
Awesome pearl necklace
Beautiful pearl necklace
Black and white pearls
Brooch-pendant with pearls and diamonds, beginning of the twentieth century
Charming pearl necklace
Gorgeous pearl necklace and earrings
La Regente pearl
Pendant with pearls, 1580, Germany
Pendant with pearls, 1580, Italy
Pendant with yellow cultivated pearls, mid-20th century
Pendant with yellow cultivated pearls, mid-20th century
Pretty pearl necklace
Royal crown with pearls
The pearl of Allah
Pearl in paintings
Marie Amelie Therese de Bourbon
Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt. Portrait of a lady
Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth Stuart of Bavaria, the Winter Queen
Michiel van Mireveld. Portrait of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham
Peter Paul Rubens. Portrait of Anne of Austria
Portrait de Mrs Andrew Lindington, vers Joseph Wright de Derby
Portrait of an Unknown Lady by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
Portrait of Caterina Sagredo Barbarigo
Portrait of Countess E.P. Sheremeteva, 1877
Portrait of Empress Maria Fyodorovna by Ivan Kramskoy
Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna
Portrait of Princess Tatiana Vasilievna Yusupova
Portrait of Princess Tatiana Yussupova, nee Ribаuрiеrrе (1828-1879)
Portrait of Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova in Russian costume
Portrait of the Spanish Infanta Isabella
Pourbus Frans, le Jeune
Princess Elena, daughter of Queen Victoria
Princess Elizabeth by Robert Peake
Princess Marianne of the Netherlands
Princess Tatiana Yulupova
Princess Tatyana Alexandrovna Yusupova
Princesses Anastasia, Tatyana, Maria, Olga Romanova
Queen Elizabeth I. Nicholas Hilliard
Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, wife of the King of Bavaria, Ludwig I
Victoria Adelaide Maria Louise, Princess of Great Britain
Victoria Louise of Prussia, daughter of the German Emperor Wilhelm II
Victoria Maria Auguste Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes van Teck, the wife of George V
Victoria of Baden, wife of the King of Sweden Gustav V, Queen of Sweden
Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
William Paxton. Pearl necklace, 1908
Alonso Sanchez Coello. Infantas Isabella Clara Eugenia and Catalina Micaela of Spain. 1575
Amalia Evgenia Elizabeth of Bavaria, wife of Emperor Franz Josef I. Empress of Austria
Anthony van Dyck. Amalia van Solms-Braunfels
Augusta Amalia Louis of Bavaria, daughter of the King of Bavaria Maximilian I
Carolina Charlotte Augustus of Bavaria, daughter of the King of Bavaria Maximilian I
Charles IX de France
Contemporary portrait of young Marie de Medici
Countess Elizabeth Vorontsova-Dashkova
Countess Gogonfelsen (Princess Olga Paley)
Danish princess, wife of Edward VII, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India
Eleonora de Toledo by Bronzino (Uffizi)
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon. Wife of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth I of England in Parliament Robes, Helmingham Hall, Stowmarket
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain
Empress Alexandra Fedorovna
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna with a pearl thread around her neck, 1901
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna
Empress Catherine I
Empress Catherine II
Empress Elizabeth Alekseevna, the wife of Emperor Alexander I
F. Flameng. Portrait of Princess Z.N. Yusupova with the famous pearl Peregrina, 1894
Francois Clouet. Margaret of Valois as a Young Princess
Frans Pourbus the Younger. Isabella of France, Queen of Spain
Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Portrait of Empress Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III
Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Portrait of the English Princess Victoria, 1867
Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna
Grand Princess Yelena Pavlovna
Gustave Jean Jacquet
Hans Maler. Anne of Bohemia and Hungary. 1520
Heinrich von Angeli. The Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, 1896
Henry Collen. Victoria Duchess of Kent
Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen of Holland, daughter of Queen Josephine
Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal
Isabella II, Queen of Spain
Johannes Vermeer. The Girl With The Pearl Earring, 1665
Josephine Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon I, the queen of France until 1809
Josephine of Leuchtenberg, the grand daughter of Queen Josephine
Ladislaus Wladislaw von Czachorski
Lady by Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
Louise of Britain, daughter of Queen Victoria
Louise of Prussia. Grand Duchess of Baden
Margarita of Savoy. Queen of Italy
Maria Alexandrovna preferred to weave pearl threads into her hair
Maria Anna. Princess of Bavaria, consort queen of Saxony
Maria Christine of Savoy. Queen of Both Sicilies
Maria Cristina of Austria, Queen Consort of Spain, the second wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain
Maria Eugenia Augustine de Montijo, Countess of Teba – Empress of France, the wife of Napoleon III
Maria Henrietta of Habsburg-Lorraine. Queen of Belgium, the wife of the King of Belgium Leopold II
Maria Letizia Bonaparte
Maria Letizia Ramolino, mother of the Emperor of France Napoleon I
Maria Louise of Wilhelmina, Princess of Bavaria
Maria Louise Victoria Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld