Pearls have long been gemstone since ancient antiquity. Due to the technology limitations of ancient times, it's impossible to explain the creation of Pearls, thus, there are a variety of legends and wonderful myths of pearls according to people's supersticious or something else. It is written in the chronicle of the Pulinius museum that pearls are bred by the seashells on the bottom of the sea after they float to the surface of the sea and absorb the rain and dew from the sky. Here we have listed some interesting pearl legends for you to help you better understanding the meaning of pearls for people since old times.
Pearls with Roman & Greek
In ancient Roman and Greek mythology, the birth of pearl is closely related to the goddess. The most famous myth is that the drops of water on Venus turned into pearls. Venus is the "God of love and beauty" in ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Venus is her Roman name and Greek name is Aphrodite. She is in charge of human love, marriage, fertility, and the growth and reproduction of all animals and plants.
Pearls with Venus
Legend has it that in the waves and bubbles of the ocean, Venus was born in the shell. The drops of water on her became pearls. Many famous painters in the world have painted the birth of Venus, but the most beautiful painting is the birth of Venus by the famous Italian Renaissance painter Bertie Celli. Venus on the golden shell in the middle of the picture is the embodiment of beauty and the symbol of love. She has long golden hair, beautiful face with a little melancholy, long neck and pearl white body, which is as smooth as silk. It is impossible to move her eyes away. The Venus portrayed by Bertie cherry is not only the ideal woman who can make men all over the world fall in love with, but also the embodiment of pearl.
Pearls with Nordic Danish Fairy Tales
In the story of the little mermaid in the Nordic Danish fairy tales, the little mermaid misses the prince and shed tears. When the mother mussel is protected by her side, her tears become pearls.
Pearls with China (For more information, please check the pearl’s legends in China)
One early Chinese myth related that pearls fell from the sky when dragons fought amongst the clouds. Another myth states that pearls originated as raindrops swallowed by oysters. In one ancient tale, a boy found a miraculous pearl. When placed in a jar with just a bit of rice, it filled the jar with rice the next day. After his neighbors discovered this, they tried to steal it. The boy swallowed the pearl to protect it. As a result, he became a dragon.
2.The Tears of the shark girl
In China, there are some legends that pearls come from tears. The most famous is “the tears of the shark girl”. It is said that in the South China Sea, there are female chimaeras. They are good at weaving a kind of thin silk, which is as thin as cicada wings and as slippery as cream. She was the servant of Chang’e, the goddess of the moon. She was punished by Chang’e to weave gauze in the sea for doing something wrong. It is said that every night when the moon is full, they often stand on the rocks and look at the moon from afar. They are sad and shed tears. The tears they shed are pearls.
Pearl with Japan
Another legend tells that, in ancient Japan, a pearl symbol of love was lost into the sea in the kingdom of the dragon; lost the pledge of love, the young man took refuge in a distant country where a young angler woman, to show her love, recovered the pearl with her life.
Cultured pearls are made by artificially stimulating the production function of natural pearls. Today, cultured pearls are known as representative gems in the world, and have become an important item of jewelry culture.