Pearl Wedding Jewelry: Why are Pearls Perfect for Weddings?

Pearl wedding jewelry

Of all the gemstones, Pearls are the most commonly associated gemstone chosen as wedding jewelry. But why do ladies most often go for pearl wedding jewelry? 

We have talked about the history of pearls and described the different types of natural and cultured pearls in this article here. But here, we will look at why pearls make the perfect jewelry for a wedding. Whether you are the bride or a guest, pearls are perfect. 

Summertime Gemstone

Pearl is often thought of as a summer gemstone – although, of course it is worn all the year round by millions of women (and now men) – as it is one of the birthstones for June.

Pearl Wedding Jewelry: Pearls are The Wedding Gemstone

Even as far back as the times of Ancient Greece, it was believed that the pearl was a wedding gemstone. Pearl wedding jewelry is the most thought-of gemstone jewelry to wear for any wedding, whether you be the bride or a guest at the wedding.

Ancient Beliefs Around Pearls

The ancient Greeks believed that pearls worn at a wedding promoted harmony. They believed pearls were the gems of marriage and said that they brought happiness to the groom and protected the bride from tears. 

Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, was born in the sea with a necklace of pearls around her neck, hence pearls have long been associated with love. The Goddess of Love, Beauty and Fertility, Venus was supposedly born of the sea, emerging fully-formed from within a shell. She is often depicted in statues wearing pearl earrings.

The Chinese believe that pearls offer protection.

Mini nugget pearl beaded necklace
Mini Nugget Pearl Beaded Necklace – Monica Vinader

Pearls Signify Love and Fertility

Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, was born in the sea with a necklace of pearls around her neck, hence pearls have long been associated with love. 

The Goddess of Love, Beauty and Fertility, Venus was supposedly born of the sea, emerging fully-formed from within a shell. She is often depicted in statues wearing pearl earrings. Pearls have, therefore, long been associated with these qualities.

The round shape is often associated with the moon, symbolizing femininity and nurturing. The way the pearl grows, gradually nestled within the protection of a shell has parallels with a child in the womb and can signify what was thought of traditionally as the next stage after marriage. 

Pearls for Innocence and Purity

Pearls have long been associated with purity and they possess a lustrous and natural beauty that radiates from within. Pearl wedding jewelry, therefore, symbolised innocence, purity and perfection.

No other gemstone forms in it’s perfect shape and luster as a pearl does. The pearl doesn’t need any further polishing or cutting to make it perfect – it is perfect as it is. 

They signify innocence as well as elegance, luxury and wealth. 

Natural Beauty

The exquisite beauty of a pearl is developed by being polished naturally hidden within the shell. It is the ultimate gemstone of nature and is easy to see why the ancients believed pearls were a gift from the Gods.

Pearls Are Extremely Flattering

The exquisite luster of pearls is extremely flattering and they seem to suit all ages and skin-tones.The way a pearl seems to glow and shine from the inside is a wonderful parallel to the beauty of a bride on her wedding day. 

Wearing pearls near the face, like in a necklace or pair of earrings, has a way of illuminating the complexion and highlighting the face.

Colour

The cream to white color of pearls are a perfect compliment to a wedding dress and they have a wonderful way of adding to an outfit whilst never being too busy that they compete with it. 

Pearls Compliment and Never Detract. 

Pearl beads are often sewn into wedding gowns and adorn head-dresses, therefore wearing pearl jewelry, whether you are the bride or a guest is a wonderful way to compliment the bride’s outfit. Guests who wear pearls will know that they are complimenting the bride’s outfit, which is a beautiful gesture. 

A Pearl’s Meaning 

Pearls are the only gemstone created by living creatures, gradually over time with each pearl being unique. Some could say this has parallels to a marriage where love and respect is built up and deepened naturally and gradually over the years, day by day.

Silly Superstitions About Pearls

Superstitions surrounding pearls have often been misconstrued, as in the case of opals. There was an old wives tale that said pearls at a wedding symbolized teardrops, whereas the opposite was true – as we have already mentioned pearls were often gifted to attract a tear-free marriage. 

What Pearls to Wear For Your Wedding

There is plenty of choice when it comes to styles of pearl wedding jewelry. An elaborate dress may call for a simpler pendant or necklace so as not to detract for your dress. A single, or multiple, string of pearls looks exquisite next to a white dress or with a guests wedding attire. Or a solitaire pearl pendant with simple stud or drop earrings make perfect pearl wedding jewelry. 

If your dress is simpler you can go for something little more elaborate – even wearing pearls with other gemstones if wanted. 

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