“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls, who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”
– Matthew 13:45-46
Strings of pearls have adorned women throughout the centuries, from Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, Audrey Hepburn, Liz Taylor, Princess Diana, to Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emilia Fox, and Anna Chanellor.
Pearls are the oldest gem known to man, they are beautiful, they are timeless, they are symbolic. The parable above, (not to be mistaken for advocating rash spending), illustrates the value of the kingdom of heaven – comparing it to a pearl.
We use the description ‘pearls of wisdom’ to convey phrases or sayings that are not just useful but are of value, worth.
John Dryden in his prologue to “All for love” writes:
“Errors, like straw, upon the surface flow; he who would search for pearls must dive below.”