Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Folklore of Pearls
Every element of the natural world -animals, minerals, flora - has a specific place in the society where it exists. And its value and purpose can be found in how it appears in the every day world of folklore. Gems - as members of the mineral world - are often imbued with qualities that include healing and the ability to generate or represent wealth.
Here are some interesting folklore tidbits and facts about this beautiful jewel:
=Fresh water pearls are given on the 1st wedding anniversary.
=Pearls are also given on the 3rd, 12th and 30th anniversaries.
=In early Chinese myths, pearls were thought to fall from the sky where dragons fought.
=Ancient Greek legends noted that pearls were the tears of gods.
=It is the only gem that can be worn in its natural form.
=Pearl diving used to be one of the most dangerous occupations. The introduction of 'cultured' pearls - pearl farming - made reduced the need for pearl divers.
=It is known as the third eye of the Buddha as well as Shiva.
=The Christian literature draws a smile between the kingdom of God and a priceless pearl.
Whatever facts and folklore there are surrounding the pearl, it is one of the most beautiful and versatile gems around today and it has found its ways in cultures across the continents.