Since the beginning of time, loose freshwater pearls have been referred to as the world's most magical and beautiful gem. The ancient Egyptians loved pearls so much they were buried with them.
Pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and social standing in ancient Rome. The Greeks held the pearl in high esteem because of its unrivaled beauty. During the Dark Ages, knights wore pearls into battle, believing they would protect them from harm and during the Renaissance, many European countries had laws forbidding anyone but nobility to wear these lustrous gems. Unlike gemstones though, natural pearls are grown by oysters who live beneath the sea. Similarly, Freshwater Cultured Pearls are pearls that are cultivated using freshwater mussels. Careful nurturing, countless hours of labor, and significant investment are needed to bring a Cultured Pearl to market. Although the first Freshwater Cultured Pearls came from Japan, today most come exclusively from China.
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