THE ROMANCE OF THE PEARL
Dating back to ancient Rome, the pearl was the ultimate symbol of wealth and social standing. The ancient Greeks associated the pearl with love and marriage and unrivaled beauty. Pearls were also believed to promote marital harmony. During the Dark Ages, knights wore pearls on the battlefield for their magical protection. During the Renaissance, pearls were so highly regarded that many European countries passed laws forbidding anyone outside the nobility from wearing them.
Today pearls are the bride's choice of jewelry. Traditionally presented by the Father of the Bride or the Groom, they symbolize love, virtue, spirituality and prosperity.
CARING FOR YOUR PEARLS
Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. To preserve your pearls' radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume. Always put on your jewelry as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling hair.
The pearl's luster can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewelry box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.
Leaving pearl jewelry in a security box for long periods may cause pearls to dehydrate, so enjoy them frequently. There is a saying that "pearls want to be worn," and it is true!