Why People Love Real Pearls | Top Real Pearl Earrings & Bracelets at Huge Tomato

The Story Of Real Pearl Earrings & Bracelets

‘Lace is one of the most wonderful imitations of nature, but pearls are perfect for every occasion.’

-Coco Chanel

Pearl bracelets, real pearl earrings, and multi-strand pearl necklaces have stood the test of time. Dating back to 420 BC, historians have found fragments of pearl jewelry in the sarcophagus of Persian princesses, which are now on display at the Louvre in Paris.

While pearls can be found or cultivated in saltwater or freshwater, there are many different styles and designs to choose from. As experts, when it comes to delicate and detailed pearl jewelry, get ready to hear the wonderful and remarkable story of the birth of pearl accessorizes and why pearl necklaces remain a much-loved symbol even in modern society.

The History Of Pearls

Officially the world’s oldest gem, and graced with the name ‘Queen of Gems’, pearl bracelets, earrings, and necklaces have been worn over the centuries. First discovered on the coast, perhaps by people foraging for food, pearls were often presented as gifts to Chinese royalty, as early as 2300BC. While on the other side of the world, in ancient Rome, historians believe real pearl earrings were worn by the elite and considered a symbol of social status and wealth. In fact, during the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar passed a law, making it illegal to wear pearls unless you were part of the top percent of society, typically those in powerful positions. In the Arab world, and particularly along the Persian Gulf, pearls were in abundance. At this time, cultivating pearls was not yet commonplace, and so the Persian Gulf was the epicenter of the global pearl trade.


While these days, pearl dangle earrings are often worn by brides to symbolize purity and compliment an elegant wedding dress, pearl jewelry has carried different meanings over the years. In China, a pearl necklace was a reflection of innocence and purity. But, in Europe, during the Dark Ages, pearls were often carried by knights to protect them during a bloody battle. Even Cleopatra had an unusual use for pearls and was said to crush a pearl into a glass of wine, to prove to Marc Antony that she could host an extravagant dinner party.


Although white pearls are most typically associated with weddings, colored pearls were both popular with men and women throughout history. Dark and unique color combinations sparked curiosity about the sea during the 17th century, and so jewelry designers began to use ivory, cream, and pink pearls over traditional white spheres.


But, to source pearls in the past, meant putting your life at great risk. Up until the start of the 20th century, pearl divers would risk their lives, trying to source precious pearl oysters, diving down to 100ft. Thankfully these days, pearls can be cultivated in both freshwater and saltwater. Freshwater pearls are often found in rivers and lakes, produced by mussels, but Akoya pearls, which are incredibly beautiful are harvested by professional companies around Japan. The first cultured pearl was made in 1893, by the son of a Japanese noodle maker, transforming the entire industry.

Nowadays Real Pearls Signify Natural Beauty

Today, pearls still signify wealth, elegance, and social status. A bride often wears a set of real pearl earrings on her wedding day to reflect purity, innocence, and natural beauty. A pearl bracelet is typically gifted as a family heirloom, to be passed down from mother to daughter. Pearl jewelry is thought to bring luck, prosperity, and love to the wearer, which is why pearls will never go out of fashion!

Signature Pearl Jewelry Pieces

Reserved for royalty and the highest members of society, pearls are still loved today and worn to give a touch of grace, elegance, and beauty to any outfit. Discover 5 signature pearl jewelry pieces that are now available from our online collection;


1: Freshwater Cultured 14K Gold Pearl Dangle Earrings

Combining 14K gold with the natural glow of real pearl earrings, add this beautiful set to your jewelry collection. Measuring 10mm, with a radiant white pearl drop, they’re perfect to wear for any special occasion.


2: Statement Round Pearl Necklace

Ooze Princess Dianna vibes with this gorgeous handmade freshwater pearl necklace. Chunky, classic, and striking, it will transform a simple black dress into a royal affair. Featuring precious stones, S925 silver, and freshwater pearls.


3: Modern Pearl Bracelet

Imported freshwater pearls from Japan, enjoy this modern take on traditional pearl jewelry. Strung with silk thread, this pretty pearl bracelet features a green-eyed leopard head.


4: Unique Multicolor Pearl Dangle Earrings

Featuring 14K gold and Sterling Silver, these freshwater cultured pearls provide an elegant accessory. Handcrafted and delicate, with hues of pink, cream, and ivory, these real pearl earrings give a vintage aesthetic.


5: Multicolored Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace


Vintage-inspired, invest in this handmade freshwater pearl necklace and enjoy the combination of classic white pearls and hues of pink and cream. Sophisticated and stylish, channel your elegance with this unique accessory.


So, if you’re thinking of treating yourself to a set of real pearl earrings, or you’re searching for the perfect pearl bracelet for your mom, explore our online collection of exquisite pearl accessories from Huge Tomato. If you would like your item to be gift-wrapped, please let our team know, and we’d be more than happy to do this for you!



    Stephanie, Hall Stanton

    Stephanie, Hall Stanton
  • I’m 67 years old I love pearls I wear them everyday I shower with them I sleep in them I do not take my pearls off until I purchase another pair I’ve been wearing pearls for 40 years Rings earrings bracelet necklace I always try to get what I can afford I get their freshwater 925 sterling silver I just love the pearls I didn’t know it until somebody brought it to my attention they say you always were pearls and sterling silver one day I’ll be able to buy a necklace with three rows of pearls before I leave this earth and everybody know when I pass away they have to have on some pearls I always love thank you


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