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美国土著也许的确为几串小珠来交换曼哈顿岛。但几个世纪后的1916年, 著名法国珠宝商Jacques Cartier在那里为他的第一个美国商店买地。多少价格? 二条珍珠项链。
这个漫长却有情节的过去只增加珍珠的不可比拟的和被珍惜的印象, 今天作为一个传统结婚礼物, 一个生日石和一个显现品位和精选的首饰。
China The Pearl: A Cultural Treasure Through the Ages
A Gift of Nature
Pearls are a natural wonder that have been treasured for centuries by cultures ancient and modern all over the world. Greek mythology proclaimed pearls to be tears of joy shed by the goddess Aphrodite. Ancient Egyptians associated pearls with Isis, the goddess of healing and life.
The Pearl was Prized by Rulers and Royalty
Julius Caesar limited the wearing of pearls to the rulers of the Roman Empire during the first century B.C. In the glory days of the British Empire, only royalty were allowed to wear these lustrous gems.
Noted in Legends and Literature
Tribal Indians, too, believed that pearls were tears of their gods. An Arab legend weaves a tale of dewdrops filled with moonlight that fell into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters, creating the precious pearls. The gates of Heaven are made of pearl, according to the King James Bible. The list goes on and on. There are many more references to the pearl in works of great literature, and the lustrous jewels are often seen in paintings as jewelry, hair decorations and clothing adornments.
Pearls have Always Been Valued and Cherished
Native Americans may indeed have settled for strings of beads taken in trade for the island of Manhattan. But a few centuries later, in 1916, renown French jeweler Jacques Cartier acquired land there for his first American store. The price? Two pearl necklaces.
This long and storied past only adds to the appeal of the incomparable pearl, cherished today as a traditional wedding gift, a birthstone, and in jewelry that reflects taste and refinement.
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