There are so many kinds of pearls, and there also many folktales around this ancient unique piece of the sea. I will try to write about some of them. it's a world of magic.
With natural pastel colors and shapes that range from perfectly round to free-form baroque, freshwater pearls offer the widest range of options. If you have a special question, please add in the comments, I think that this month I will write on some of the pearls.
- I will start with some stories
- In the Early Chinese civilization, they considered the black pearl a symbol of wisdom and believed they were formed within a dragon's head. Once fully grown, the pearls were carried between the dragon's teeth. According to this myth, one had to slay the dragon in order to gather the pearls.
- The ancient Japanese believed that pearls were created from the tears of mythical creatures, such as mermaids, nymphs, and angels.
- In a Persian legend, they told that the pearls were created when a rainbow met the earth after a storm. Imperfections in a pearl's appearance were thought to be the result of thunder and lightning.
- The ancient Egyptians prized pearls so much that they were buried with them. Cleopatra reportedly dissolved a pearl from one of her earrings in a glass of either wine or vinegar, depending on the source, and drank it. She did this just to show Mark Anthony that she could devour the wealth of an entire nation in just one gulp.
The truth of the pearl is that it begins its life inside an oyster's shell when an intruder, such as a grain of sand or even a piece of floating food, slips in between one of the two shells of the oyster. In order to protect itself from irritation, the oyster will quickly begin covering the uninvited visitor with layers of nacre — the mineral substance that fashions the mollusk's shells. Layer upon layer of nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, coat the grain of sand until the iridescent gem is formed.