Pearls also referred to as the queen of the jewels was found thousands of years ago. The jewel is ageless which fascinates a lot of people worldwide since the time of its discovery. Even though this jewel was found thousands of years ago there are many facts which people didn’t know about.
1. Pearls are the Only Jewel which comes from a Living Being
Yes, it is a gemstone but a very different from the other gemstones like ruby, sapphire, etc. these gems come from a living creature which you might know about (oysters) while other gems come from the earth’s crust.
2. Natural Pearls are one of the World’s Rarest Jewels
As per the surveys done on real pearls it was found that less than 1 in every 10,000 wild oysters has pearls. The demand for this jewel is increasing a lot every year which is depleting the resources of this jewel in the oyster beds, in spite of the growth of cultured grown in the oyster farms; the population is still not recovered. That is the reason natural pearls are the rarest gems of the planet earth.
3. The First Ever Artificial Round Pearl Was Created by Mikimoto Kōkichi
Mikimoto Kōkichi was a Japanese entrepreneur who was the first person ever to make cultivated pearl. In the year 1878 he started to find different ways to cultivate oysters in him oyster bed. His plan got successful and patented in the year 1896 after many failures. The discovery hit the pearl industry real hard as the customer preferred to buy the cultivated pearl which were more round and it was less expensive than the natural pearl.
4. A Predictable 99% of Pearls on the Market Today are cultured
After the discovery of a cultivated pearl made by Mikimoto Kōkichi the whole market changed as everyone was buying cultivated round pearls. As per the data of this year almost every pearl in this market is cultivated as all the natural pearls has been collected. Not all cultivated pearls are of high quality as the real ones.
5. The Most Expensive Pearl is Esteemed at $100 Million
The most expensive pearl was found in a burning house in 2016 which was just kept as a lucky charm. The reason why it is the most expensive pearl was because of its size which was 26 inch was weighed 75 pound which is the largest pearl till this date.
6. Cleopatra Used Pearls to win a bet
As per the stories on Cleopatra this most famous is when she had a bet with Mark Anthony, the bet to prove that she can host the most expensive in the world. She was also very popular because she has the two biggest pearls worn as earrings. So to make the most expensive dinner she crushed one of her pearls in a goblet of wine and she even consumed that wine which makes it the most expensive cocktail even.
7. The Oldest Pearl Ever Found Dates Back 8000 Years
This pearl was discovered in 2012 by some French researchers in the UAE and was named “Umm al Quwain” because it was found in UAE. The researchers used carbon dating to find the age of this pearl and claimed that its age is around 8000 thousand.
8. The Four Main Types of Pearls
There are pearl types differ from each other by different sizes, shapes, colors and the market value.
The most accessible pearls originate from China and are cultivated in freshwater rivers. Then there are Japanese Akoya pearls which are cultivated in salty waters and are spherical in shapes with a gorgeous shine on them which makes them one of the best pearls. Next in the list are Tahitians pearls which are also saltwater pearls cultured in French Polynesia and are also stated as black pearls but are still available in many colors like green, blue and purple. The last are the South Sea pearls which are known for their size as they are big pearls and are found in different water parts of Australia
9. There is a Pearl Necklace Dictionary
The popularity of pearl is growing every day with an immense pace which has given rise to many new styles of necklaces. This popularity has given rise to a new dictionary for pearls and its sizes. This dictionary consists of words like chokes, matinee, rope, etc. which are referred to different sizes.
10. Pearls Can Take Many Different Shapes
It is mostly believed that pearls are always symmetrical in shape which is so not true as they are available in many sizes as well. The most usual shapes of pearls are round, drop size, baroque, etc. the most liked pearl size is round but there people who prefer different sizes based on their perception.
11. It Takes a minimum 6 Months for a Pearl to Form
Every pearl has a different time period to grow but the minimum time in all pearls is six months and the growing period a can also go up to2 years. The journey of pearl developing starts from a farmer inserting a small nucleus inside a mollusc and everything depends on how much time the pearl will take to recover from the inserting process. After the mollusc has completely recovered the growth of pearl starts and mollusc cover the pearl with nacre.
12. Pearls are one of the Official Birthstones for June.
People who are born in June are said to be very lucky as their month has 3 birthstones which consist of Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone and pearl being the rarest gemstone. The birthstones of June represent loyalty and clarity. Pearl can be a great gift for a person born in the month of June.