Pearls are the oldest known gem and for many years it was considered to be the most valuable.
Since time immemorial it has been a symbol of natural and unblemished perfection and so have long been considered the perfect wedding gift. It is widely accepted that Pearls are the epitome of purity and innocence, so given the importance that was placed upon a woman's virtue, it is easy to see why they would be the gift of choice for any bride-to-be.
In the Rigveda (an ancient Hindu book dating before 1000 B.C.), Krishna brought Pearls from the sea to give to his daughter on the day of her wedding. It is believed that this was the beginning of the tradition of giving pearls as a wedding gift to the bride.
This gift-giving tradition was also popular with the ancient Greeks who considered Pearls to be “Wedding Gems” that would promote marital bliss and prevent newly-wed brides from crying. This could very well be where the current confusion over the superstitions regarding Pearls stems from.
Later, during the Crusades, men returning from their quests to the Holy Lands would come bearing Pearls for their “fair ladies” which they would subsequently wear on their wedding day. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the French took the tradition even further adorning everyone who attended the wedding in a sea of Pearls; even the men! The things people do to stay in fashion.
In Britain the tradition of Pearls was continued by Queen Elizabeth I and is still holding strong today; with our modern Queen also choosing to wear Pearls on her wedding day. Across the pond, Pearls might not be as popular as they once were, but at the turn of the 20th century they were as important to the wedding day as diamonds are today.
In modern tradition it is often the father of the bride, or the groom that will give the gift of Pearls to the bride-to-be. As giving gifts to the bridal party is also a popular tradition, many brides opt to combine the two and give their bridesmaids Pearl necklaces, earrings or bracelets to say thank you.
If you are looking for ways to incorporate Pearl jewellery into your big day, check out our Jewellery suppliers for more information.
Pearls are such a timeless wedding tradition to have on your wedding day, but one of these less common traditions may add an extra special touch to your day.