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Pearl Myths Legends Poetry and Uses

Updated: Dec 2, 2023











Myths and Legends

Pearls were worn by the ancient Romans as a sign of wealth and power as well as in Hinduism and Buddhists, the pearl represents inner wisdom and brings you closer to God.

Pearls are thought to keep children safe through their protective energy.

Caesar forbade pearls from being worn by people who were not of a high class or rank, jewelry and décor were only worn at important ceremony's.

King Charles IX of France wore clothes adorned with pearls and the French nobility also splashed their clothing in pearls to excess.

Chinese mythology told of dragons fighting causing pearls to fall from the sky.

The Legend of Mermaid Tears

A schooner was traveling rough seas and was going to plunge to the depths when a mermaid who fell in love with a sailor swam beside the schooner. Just before the ship was about to succumb to the seas, the mermaid used her powers to control the weather and the seas to slow the wind and calm the crashing waves, saving the sailors from certain doom.

When Neptune the God of the seas was informed of this interference by the mermaid, he banished her to the depths of the ocean never to surface again. The mermaid wept for her lost love and her tears became the pearls of the ocean.

Pearl's stories and legends can be found in different religions based on different continents and religious beliefs.

The pearl is mentioned in the bible in the Parable of the Pearl, Mathew 13:45-46

In Hebrew a pearl represents something costly or priceless, the coats which God made for Adam and Eve were as beautiful as a pearl.

In Hindu legend, the pearl represents purity and love. The legend goes the Supreme God Krishna descended into the ocean and found the first pearl and gave it to his daughter on her wedding day.

Mayan legends, IxChel, the Mayan moon goddess, and mother of earth, Pearls were part of her inner beauty and represent the ultimate beauty.

During the colonization of the Americas, Christopher Columbus reported meeting the first peoples of the Americas adorned in natural pearls which led to more colonization efforts to mine and pillage the land of precious jewels they presumed were there. Venezuela and Panama were locations where pearls were farmed in the past centuries and sent back to Europe.


Medicinal Uses

In Asian medicine, pearl dust was thought to improve muscular, skin, digestive problems, heart disorders, fever, and eye problems,


Industrial Uses

Cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and paint formulations were made with pearl.



Patience and sorrow strove

Which should express her goodliest .

You have seen Sunshine and rain at once ; her smiles and tears

Were like a better day .

Those happy smiles That played on her ripe lips seemed not to know

What guests were in her eyes , which parted thence As pearls from diamonds dropped .

In brief , Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved ,

If all could so become it .




Further Reading and Resources

Nagai, K. (n.d.). A History of the Cultured Pearl Industry. BioOne Complete.

He, Ying. “Uses of Pearl in Medicine.” Timeless Pearl, Timeless Pearl, 22 May 2015,

americangemsociety. (2022, October 26). The Folklore of Pearls. American Gem Society.

Bernardine, N. (n.d.). Pearl - Facts, Lore, History, Myths and Pictures.

Pearl Metaphysical Properties: A Hidden Gemstone Guide. (n.d.). Gaia.

Burnham, S. M. (1886). Precious Stones in Nature, Art, and Literature. In Google Books. B. Whidden.


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