“And my pearls are pure as thy own fair neck,
With whose radiant light they vie.” – The Baudois Teacher, Whittier
The pearl is a cherished gemstone, and there are countless myths from cultures all over the world that speak to their origins and symbolism. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this post is all about Pearl mythology and tales of Love.
The first black Tahitian pearls were said to be a gift from the god Oro, the Polynesian god of peace and fertility. In love with the beautiful princess of Bora Bora, he descended to the island on a rainbow of light to give her the most precious treasure the heavens had to offer: Poe Rava, the colorful black Tahitian pearl.
Another Tahitian legend speaks of the full moon coming down from the starry sky to bathe in ocean. Attracted by the heavenly light, the Te Ufi – Tahitian pearl oysters – came to the sea’s surface and were coated with luminescent dew of bright and beautiful hues of rose, green, gold, blue and violet, which became the Tahitian pearls adored by all.
Hindu myth speaks of how pearls fell to earth as drops of dew, to be born anew in the oceans as pearls. The god Krishna reached down into the depths of the oceans and withdrew the first pearls to give to his daughter Pandaia on her wedding day as a symbol of love and purity.
Tears of the Gods
The Western tradition of adorning a bride in pearls on her wedding day began in Ancient Greece. The Greeks believed that pearls were the tears of the gods; their lustrous “tears” would guard the bride against unhappiness in her marriage. Today, pearl embellished veils and dresses remain one of the most beautiful ways to honor that tradition.
With these romantic thoughts in mind, I hope you all have a beautiful Valentine’s Day surrounded by those who love you best!
XO – Ashley