Pearls are a gift from nature. They are created in the calm, dark depths of the sea, and for centuries, humans have treasured these small, luminous miracles.
The pearl is the source of many legends and fables.
In Persia, pearls were believed to be the tears of the gods, and legend has it that if a woman wore pearls on her wedding day, her life would be free from tears. The Chinese, on the other hand, believed that a drop of morning dew filled with the moon's rays had been trapped inside the pearl’s mussel. Today, we know that pearls are formed from a small irritation in the mussel or oyster – creating great beauty that brings us joy.
Read on and find answers to your questions about pearls in Dulong's Pearl Guide.