The Power of Pearls

Pearls are the birthstone of June and they also happen to be the world’s oldest gem. 



They are found in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world. Many cultures believe that pearls hold mythical powers and have fascinated people for centuries. Ancients from the Middle East believed that pearls were teardrops fallen from heaven whilst the Chinese believed that they were formed in the brain of a dragon and anyone wearing pearls would have slayed the dragon in order to possess them.


Queen Victoria was a lover of pearls and when her husband, Prince Albert, died she incorporated pearls into mourning jewellery which was often accompanied by hair or a photo. To this day, female members of the Royal Family opt for pearls when in a state of mourning. Given this, pearls became known as ‘sad women’s jewellery’ and synonymous with tears however in recent years and in keeping with current trends, pearls have gained popularity with celebrities opting for short necklaces and bracelets stacked alongside other items. 



Included in the upcoming Jewellery Auction are a number of pearl lots including necklaces, earrings and rings. Also featured are Tahitian pearls which are grey in colour and perfect for those looking for something slightly more unique. 



McTear’s sells more jewellery than any other traditional auction house in the dedicated jewellery auctions that take place twice monthly, run concurrently live online on a platform that attracts six million visitors annually from over 120 countries worldwide.  For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, contact a specialist on 0141 810 2880 or



Amy Cameron

Amy Cameron


Specialist, Jewellery, Watches & Coins 


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