Wedding Accessories: What’s the Tradition Behind Wearing Pearls for Weddings?

Q: My future mother-in-law gave me a beautiful string of pearls to wear on my wedding day. I was wondering why pearls are so often associated with weddings; is there any history behind this? A: According to the Cultured Pearl Information Center, pearls were most likely discovered thousands of years ago by people searching for food along…

Non-traditional Engagement Rings: What the Pearl Symbolizes

In my non-traditional engagement rings series thus far, we’ve covered those gems thought to be “precious” – meaning the diamond (introduced and detailed in the ruby post), ruby, sapphire, and emerald. However, many other “semi-precious” stones were long revered as extremely valuable throughout the years, and one such candidate for an ultra-chic and timeless engagement ring is the pearl. I…

What do you know about pearls?

A pearl is formed when a foreign object gets into the mantle of a mollusk. This irritation becomes covered with successive layers of nacre, which is the mother of pearl, and eventually forms a pearl. Cultured pearls are probably easier to match, but natural pearls are more valuable. For the cultured variety, pearl farmers keep…

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