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A Wedding Gem Of Purity And Innocence

Apr 26, 2017

Since ancient times, the pearl has been a symbol of unblemished perfection. It is the oldest known gem which is also the only organic gemstone, and for centuries it was considered the most valuable. Pearls have been considered ideal wedding gifts because they symbolise purity and innocence.

In the Rigveda, an ancient Hindu book dating back to 1000 B.C., Krishna, the preserver, brought forth pearls from the depths of the sea to give to his daughter on her wedding day. Thus started the tradition of giving pearls to the bride. The ancient Greeks also believed that pearls should be part of the wedding experience. They considered pearls to be the ‘wedding gem’ because they believed that pearls would help ensure marital bliss and prevent newlywed brides from crying.During the Crusades, gallant knights returning from the Holly Lands would bestow pearls to their ‘fair ladies’ for their wedding days.

Japanese Akoya pearl strand
Photo by Grant Corban Weddings, courtesy of Suen Jewellers

In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, pearls were at the height of wedding fashion with royal weddings in the French House of Burgundy taking place in a ‘sea of pearls’. Everyone from the bride to her male guests were adorned in glowing pearls. From Queen Elizabeth I to our modern Queen Elizabeth II, the tradition of wearing pearls on the wedding day has continued. At the beginning of the 20th century, pearls were as much a nuptial gem in the United States as diamonds are today. Today, the tradition of bestowing pearls upon the bride continues.

Mixed South Sea White, Golden and Tahitian pearl strand
Photo by Grant Corban Weddings, courtesy of Suen Jewellers

In the early 1900s, the advent of culturing pearls brought prices down to mainstream levels. But even today, pearls are still worn by royalty, especially at weddings. Queen Elizabeth II wore them at her wedding in 1947, as did Sarah Ferguson. And here in the United States, Jacqueline Bouvier wore a strand the day she became Mrs. Kennedy. Often the father of the bride or the groom gives the gift of pearls. Many brides give their bridesmaids pearl necklaces, bracelets or earrings too.

Tahitian pearl strand
Photo by Grant Corban Weddings, courtesy of Suen Jewellers

In modern times like this, brides can choose from an array of different types of pearls. Those who prefer dainty looking perals can opt for a strand of sweet lustrous Akoya pearls which comes in sizes as small as 3mm to 9mm. Brides who prefer bigger pearls and still match with their lace off-white gowns can also consider South Sea pearls that has colours from silvery white to champagne to even gold coloured pearls. It is widely acknowledged that if you have tan skin, you will look absolutely gorgeous with Golden South Seas pearls.

Mixed South Sea White with Champagne Gold coloured pearl strand
Photo by Grant Corban Weddings, courtesy of Suen Jewellers

For brides who like more gothic styles, Tahitian pearls will be best suited because it has a dark silver green hue with undertones of green, red or the more rare pistachio and peacock green. These colours will look absolutely stunning on a simple plain black gown or darker colours to give you a very modern yet elegant look.


Tip: Visit Suen Jewellers to have a look at their collection of pearls. Contact details here.