Since ancient times, the pearl has been a symbol of unblemished perfection. It is the oldest known gem, and for centuries it was considered the most valuable. The gift of pearls is an ideal wedding gift because they symbolize purity and innocence.
Pearls, according to Indian mythology, were dewdrops from heaven that fell into the sea. They were caught by shellfish under the first rays of the rising sun, during a period of full moon. During the Crusades, gallant knights returning from the Holly Lands would bestow pearls to their fair maidens for their wedding day. From Queen Elizabeth I to our modern Queen Elizabeth II, the tradition of wearing pearls on the wedding day has continued. At the beginning of the 20th century, pearls were as much a nuptial gem in the United States as diamonds are today.
The tradition of bestowing pearls upon the bride continues. Often the father of the bride or the groom gives the gift of pearls. Many brides also give their bridesmaids pearl necklaces, bracelets or earrings too. Giving your bridesmaid the gift of pearls is the classic gift that can be worn for years to come. Pearls never go out of style.