Legend has it that pearls were formed from drops of moisture falling from the heavens and swallowed by oysters. Today, we all know the origin of these gems of the sea is not quite so mythical, although they are still considered something of a miracle.
Pearls are perhaps my favourite gem! There is something magical about these gifts of nature. They can be subtle and velvety soft, or dramatic and brilliantly metallic. The immense variety of colour and form offers unending scope for jewellery design.
Portrayed as classy, confident, elegant, yet fashionable, Jackie Onassis, Coco Chanel, and the Queen usually spring to mind when it comes to pearls. In the movie, The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep portrays the powerful Margaret Thatcher, who is rarely seen in the film without her beloved double strand of pearls.
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