What do Pearls Symbolise?

Historically pearls have always been considered as valuable as wisdom. Even in the Bible you will find a marvellous example of this. When Jesus advised Peter not to throw his 'pearls before swine', he was saying, don't waste your precious time trying to help people who will not appreciate it. So even Jesus considered pearls to be of great value.

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There are so many heart-warming quotes in literature which show pearls as representations of positive qualities in people. To give and to wear pearl jewellery is to engage with symbols of love, and wisdom, and a desire to wish others well.

In the charming book 'Anne of Avonlea' by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the main character provides us with a most endearing image:

''I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls off a string.''

Natural pearls are so easily associated with a feel good factor, just as Anne identifies. They symbolise an attractive simplicity, gentle happiness in life, and effortless kindness.

French philosopher Jean de La Bruyere tells us that

''next to sound judgment… pearls are the rarest things in the world.''

suggesting pearls are truly precious. They are something to cherish and look after, just like positive personal qualities such as wisdom. To wear a pearl necklace symbolises the wearer's belief in the good that is in people, as well as looking absolutely fantastic, naturally.

'All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography' said Italian film director Federico Fellini, summing up in a few beautiful words the definition of a natural pearl as a piece of art, and therefore something we can all be proud to wear. How wonderful to have the opportunity to own and wear natural pearls and all they represent.