I have to admit that I was a little put off when I finally stumbled upon a story that told me that pearls were more than just a tasty, edible decoration for women.
I thought they were a bit of a relic of a bygone era and maybe I was wrong.
However, pearls are really quite good at what they do, and as a result, I now have a lot of pearls in my wardrobe and my imagination.
But what does that mean?
Well, you might not have realised it, but pearls actually have a long history.
While most of us think of pearl decorations as being pretty old-fashioned, that’s not entirely true.
In fact, they’re actually very recent developments.
The word pearl comes from the Latin word for pear, and it was originally used as a way to describe a woman’s pearls or the fabric covering them.
During the Renaissance, the term “pomegranate” came into use to describe the pearls used in the construction of pendants, rings and necklaces.
It’s a little tricky to explain, but to explain it all we need to know that the term was used in reference to the white fruit that pearl plants use to produce their pearls.
These pearls have a hard, white coating and they’re so thick that they can’t be peeled off, so they have to be used for decorative purposes.
They’re also known as the pearl jam, because they’re the jam of the jam.
They’re sweet, fragrant and they make the perfect jam for the festive season.
As with many traditional celebrations, the use of pearles was a time-honoured tradition.
When you take a piece of pear, cut it in half lengthwise, the cut ends up with a large bead or pearl inside.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get one that’s a bit bigger than the rest, but if not, it’s a very difficult task.
Papyrus, a kind of pearl, was used for beads, and this pearling has been around for at least 4,000 years.
After the Romans introduced the use and production of pearling in the early 11th century, they used it to decorate jewelry and other items, including a piece that’s now known as a papyrus lapis lazuli.
Over the next 500 years, this pearle was used as an ornamental piece, for beads and neckwatches, as well as for ornamental pearls and pearls with a pearling inside.