The very pretty pearl may be white, gray, black, brown, purple, yellow, orange, or pink.
The largest known pearl weighs 6.4 kilos (14 pounds), and is about the size of a large loaf of bread. It is from a giant clam found near an island in the Philippines in 1934.
People around the world had their own pearl beliefs. Many cultures connected round pearls to the moon because of their shape. In Europe, pearls represented modesty, chastity, and purity. And in ancient China, people believed pearls protected them from fire and fire-breathing dragons.
what's in a name?
This gem’s name comes from an Old French word called perle. It is possible that perle comes from the Latin word perna, or “leg,” which was used to describe a kind of sea mussel.