Historians tell us that pearl was discovered by human beings as they searched for food. Since then, this magnificent organic gem which is not to be searched for in the obscure depths of our planet, has become an important and inherent part of jewelry design and manufacturing, and by virtue of its ancient history, maintains its cultural and mythological significance in every nation on earth.
Whereas in the Renaissance era, pearls were considered as symbols of prestige and nobility by the Royal Courts of Europe and practically inaccessible outside the Royal Circle, the lapse of centuries and the introduction of cultured pearls have contributed to the widespread and unlimited access of all to this magnificent gem with its enchanting luster and warm color.
Pearls are cherished as necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets. They exclude timeless elegance and their natural color makes them appropriate for all outfits and occasions.
We have traveled a very long way from the pre-historic times in which beads of different kinds constituted the only material to produce a manmade neck ornament.
The Middle Ages witnessed the greatest significance of necklaces when beads were not sufficient to satisfy the affluent societies of Europe. Jewelers turned to chains during this era to satisfy the increasing demand, crafted collars of gold and applied enamels to increase their aesthetic appeal. The first pendants used in conjunction with chains were those bearing heraldic designs, often worm by both genders.
Our choices of necklaces and pendants today encompass an entirely different world. We can select the style of specific era such Art Deco or Art Nouveau, a specific metal and any gemstone of our preference.