Pearly Whirly Pearl Fact – When Did Pearls Gain Popularity?

Pearls were the most popular gemstone for jewelry usage before diamonds were discovered in the early 1700’s (This painting of Queen Elizabeth I shows the queen’s wealth and power by the number of pearls she wears). At the time, diamonds were more affordable than pearls due to the fact that the only way to get pearls was to dive for them. Pearls had been in use already for thousands of years by the time of Elizabeth I. They are referenced in several ancient texts, and always in glowing terms.

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