In 1916, famed French jeweler Jacques Cartier had bought his landmark store on Fifth Avenue in New York by trading just two pearl necklaces.
Indian Maharajas and Queens had always adorned themselves with the precious pearls jewelry and Hindus and Chinese, during ancient times, always considered the pearls as a sign of love, health and prosperity. Many believed that it’s a tear from the Heaven or Goddess that nurtures in oyster’s womb.
Before 20th Century, for thousands of years, the divers used to go into sea floor or riverbed to extract pearls from opening the oysters but that was dangerous and risky. Because of unpredictable nature of oyster growth the pearls found were varying in quality and rare too. Today, very few divers do such pearl hunting. It is the Japanese Kokichi Mikimoto who perfected and patented his bead nucleating process in early 20th Century that revolutionized the entire pearl cultivation. Now millions of these cultured pearls are produced in Japan, China, Australia and other Far Eastern Asian regions of the world. You will find pearl farming in Central America seawaters as well as in Mississippi River area.
It was only the wealthy people who enjoyed the privilege of possessing and wearing the precious pearls jewelry but now with the new improved technique of pearl cultivation it has become affordable by all.
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