New York, NY -- For centuries, pearls have been the traditional jewelry for brides to wear on their wedding days. But few people know the legend surrounding the tradition.
According to Hindu lore, the god Krishna discovered the pearl when he plucked one from the ocean to adorn his daughter Panda on her wedding day. The wearing of pearls goes back very far in history. In fact, the earliest pearl necklace found dates back to around 2300 B.C.
White dresses of silk, satin, or lace are perfectly accented by the natural radiance of cultured pearls. And although cultured pearls come in a variety of colors including black, gray, rose, and yellow, white is the traditional and appropriate color for brides.
The color white through the ages has symbolized purity and truth, and white cultured pearls worn by a bride symbolize the purity of her love for her betrothed on her wedding day.
Just as no two unions are alike, cultured pearls can very considerably in shape and color. Spherical pearls, ones that are perfectly round, are the rarest and most valuable. Prized cultured pearls also come in other symmetrical shapes such as pear, tear, and oval. Brides enjoy these pearls as well.
Where does the value of the cultured pearl come from? Cultured pearls are relatively rare because they grow in limited areas of the world's oceans and take years to grow.
The worth of each individual pearl comes for the unique ability of the crystalline nacre, the pearl's substance, to absorb, refract, and reflect light. These qualities make up the pearl's distinctive quality.
Traditionally, the bridal length for a pearl necklace is choker length, which falls at the base of the neck. Princess length is also a favored choice, which is 18 inches in length and graces the bride's collarbone. These short styles are demure and sophisticated. Today, multi-strand pearl necklaces and bracelets are in vogue, with two or three rows of shimmering cultured pearls.
Brides can rely on their local JA jewelers to help select the right cultured pearls to match their gowns. Look for the jewelry store with the gold "J" in the window, the mark of a professional jeweler, when you buy fine jewelry and shop with confidence. Or, use the search engine on this web site. You can search in one of several ways: state, area code, or zip code.
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