Bridal Pearls: Why Wear Wedding Pearl Jewellery & How To Choose

Wedding Bridal Pearls

There’s nothing more exciting than planning a wedding. And arguably, choosing the bridal outfit is the absolute best part of the entire wedding process. From the big elements like the dress or wedding wear, through to the perfect shoes, and of course – the jewellery.

Everything has to blend seamlessly and suit the bride’s style and personality…and be incredible in the photos, too. For decades (or longer) wedding pearls have been popular with brides. It’s not hard to see why. They’re timeless, elegant, and there’s a pearl to suit every bride out there. While other gemstones might be too gaudy or distracting, pearls fit right in with the bridal aesthetic.

But where did the wedding pearls tradition come from, and what exactly do they represent?

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Pearl Jewellery In Fashion – The Evolution of Pearl Jewellery Throughout the Ages

Portrait of Elizabeth I wearing Pearl Jewellery

Pearls are the only gems created within a living creature, connecting their wearers with nature through their beauty and uniqueness. They have been used as jewellery for centuries and featured in outfits and styles of every type, from adorning golden crowns and royal garments to simply emphasising the elegance of a little black dress.

These iridescent gems first gained popularity among Chinese royalty in 2300 BC as a symbol of wealth. You can find out more about pearl meaning, history, and symbolism here.

Read on to find out more about the most famous pearl wearers in history and why even the largest pearls in the world can disappear in a matter of seconds!

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Pearl Farming: Sustainability, Environmental & Economic Impact

Pearl farming is what produces most of the pearl jewellery that we wear today. Because natural pearls are so rare, making up less than of 1% of pearls sold today, the demand for cultured pearls has risen dramatically.

As you might have guessed, pearl farms are where cultured pearls are grown and harvested to eventually be made into jewellery.

Let’s dive into the process and its effects on the environment and pearl farming communities.

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How Much are Pearls Worth? Pearl Grading, Value and Prices

Pearls have been worn for centuries, and have been in demand for as long as we can recall. If you’ve ever browsed through real pearl jewellery, you’ll have noticed that some command much higher prices than others. What is it that makes some pearls so valuable that people happily part with hundreds of thousands of rands? It’s partly how beautiful they look when they’re on, of course, but there’s also lots of other factors to consider.

Here’s everything you need to know about how much pearls cost, and why.

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How To Buy Pearls | Choose the Perfect Pearls for You

How To Buy Pearls: Which Pearl Suits You or Your Loved One?

There’s a pearl to fit every person’s unique personality and style. With such a wide variety of classy jewellery on offer, it can be hard to know you’re making the right decision when you’re shopping for pearl gifts for someone special.

Here’s where you should start if you want to select an absolutely perfect pearl accessory, no matter who you’re buying for. As the pearl experts, Lullu can give some guidance on how to buy pearls for every type of woman. Whether she’s a t-shirts and jeans type or likes to make a statement wherever she goes, there’s a piece of jewellery that she’ll fall head over heels for.

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Pearls Meanings, History, Symbolism & Legends

Coco Chanel illustration

Pearls have long been more than just jewellery. Their symbolism and meaning stretches across countries and cultures, and has stood the test of time for millennia.

From the ancient Chinese symbolism behind gleaming black pearls to the history behind how they came to be so sought-after, here’s everything you need to know about the meaning of pearls.

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Pearl Colours: Everything You Need to Know

Pearl Colours

Anyone who loves pearls will know that they come in a range of breathtaking colours. From classic white Akoya Pearls to Tahitian Black Pearls and everything in between, each pearl has its own unique shade and hue.

Want to understand pearl colours, how different pearl colours are created, and why some shades of pearls command such high values? Here’s everything you need to know.

What different colours do pearls come in?

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Pearl Types: Your Guide to the different Types of Pearls

pearl types illustration with oyster on the beach with pearls

Jewellery lovers will know that not all pearls are created equal. Natural, cultured, saltwater, fresh – and that doesn’t even cover the different varieties of pearls from classic Akoya to black Tahitian pearls. The different types of pearls available today are not only valued differently, but have different characteristics and origins. That’s part of the reason we love pearl jewellery so much. Each piece is so unique!

Here’s a guide to different pearl types you can find.

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How Pearls Are Formed, Develop and Harvested

How pearls form, grow and are harevested

Before cultured pearls were available, pearls were retrieved from the ocean by divers. Not only was this a dangerous pastime, but also resulted in very few pearls with only one out of every ten thousand wild oysters producing a pearl of value. Although most precious stones and gems are forged from metals from the earth’s crust, pearls are the result of a biological process involving molluscs. Although mussels and other molluscs can technically produce pearls, this is much rarer and oysters are by far the most common source of pearls – including those found in Lullu’s luxury pearl jewellery.

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