Myths and folk-tails have accompanied pearls for centuries, building up their timeless appeal.
Tales of stunning Freshwater Pearls, Akoya Pearls, Tahitian Pearls, South Sea Pearls and Natural Pearls fill the history books, while pearl necklaces, pearl earrings, pearl bracelets and pearl accessories adorn historic figures in paintings.
‘The Rooster and the Pearl‘, adapted from an Aesop Fable.
Once upon a time in a land not too far away, lived a Rooster.
He spent his day strutting around, pecking and busily looking for more and more corn to eat.
Peck, peck, gulp.
Another stray barley corn is gobbled up with greedy satisfaction.
Today was looking like another fantastic day for the Rooster, full of corn and the warmth of the midday sun.
As he surveyed the yard something small caught his eye.
Tilting his head from side to side he immediately went to investigate.
As soon as Rooster had reached the strange object, he started scratching at it, trying to root out the glowing ‘seed’. A moment later Roosters eyes were the size of saucers. He had managed to dig out a very large beautiful pearl.
Having never seen a pearl before Rooster was puzzled at what this strange ‘seed’ was.
Peck, Peck, the lustrous pearl rolled back and forth under the force of his strong beak.
Peck, Peck, this ‘seed’ was not going to break.
Just as Rooster got ready to do his final ‘Peck’ he noticed, to his delight, that next to his left foot lay some corn. It was gobbled up in seconds!
Rooster was getting ready to move on when his right eye caught sight of the strange large ‘seed’ that would not break. Raising his head he strutted off in disgust looking for more corn to eat.
Behind him the ‘seed’, a beautiful large natural pearl valued at over 1 million pounds, lay basking in the sun.
The moral of this story, precious things are for those who can prize them.
Pearls, unlike diamonds, aren’t ‘flashy’ gems, instead they take a back seat allowing their wearer to shine out.
‘I favour pearls on screen and in my private life.’ – Grace Kelly.
Pearls are romantic! In Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph in bold red print were the words, ‘Here is my girl in pearls…’. When asked by Mark Hedges, the editor of Country Life magazine, who should be the ‘girl in pearls’, Prince Charles said, ‘My darling wife.’
If you would like to learn more about us and our pearls come to our Pearl Showroom, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, where a member of our Coleman Douglas Pearls Pearl Team will be happy to guide you around.
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