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Pearl Bracelets

Adding to the beauty of pearls is their rich history as a means of jeweled decoration that dates back four centuries. Pearls appeared in jewelry among the earliest societies and were considered by many to be the world’s oldest “gem." Prized for both their sheen and their rarity, pearls were typically reserved for the most elite members of a culture.

It was not until the 18th century that science revealed how a pearl forms: a small grain of sand enters the mollusk and imbeds in the fleshy mantle, the tissue that connects the organism to its shell. The oyster responds to this invader by attacking it, coating it with nacre, a calcious material similar to that which makes up the oyster’s shell.

This layering continues, creating the luminous, rich finish for which the pearl is known. Before this process was revealed, however, cultures around the globe concocted fantastical origin stories for the pearl. These imaginative tales only increased the allure of pearls, ensuring their treasured status for all time.


Quick Facts

  • Ancient Chinese peoples believed that pearls grew in a dragon’s brain; some Renaissance circles, centuries later, actually thought the pearl was the egg of the oyster
  • “The Gulf Pearl Parure” is a magnificent Harry Winston set of pearl and diamond jewels. The 7.5-inch bracelet contributes to the total 193 natural pearls (and 160 carats of diamonds) that compete the set, which sold for $4.189 million in Geneva in 2006
  • The current record price at auction for a strand of pearls is held by “La Peregrina,” a pearl encrusted necklace that dates to the 16th century and was last part of the remarkable collection of Elizabeth Taylor. It sold in 2011 for just under $12 million

Recommended Items at Auction

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Large Silver Fresh water pearl elastic bracelet Approx. 19.5cm
Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
Large Silver Fresh water pearl elastic bracelet Approx. 19.5cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD405 Bids
PEARL AND GOLD BRACELET
Feb 26, 6:00 PM PST
PEARL AND GOLD BRACELET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $300- $400
$2004 Bids
PEARL, DIAMOND, GOLD AND PLATINUM BRACELET
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
PEARL, DIAMOND, GOLD AND PLATINUM BRACELET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,7004 Bids
Two-row cultivated pearl bracelet with 14K yellow gold closure set with natural sapphire and diamond.
Mar 07, 1:00 PM CET
Two-row cultivated pearl bracelet with 14K yellow gold closure set with natural sapphire and diamond.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €175- €250
€1003 Bids
Cultured Pearl Bracelet W Sterling Clasp
Feb 26, 10:00 AM EST
Cultured Pearl Bracelet W Sterling Clasp
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$32 Bids
MIKIMOTO 7MM PEARL BRACELET W/ 18K SIGNATURE CLASP.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
MIKIMOTO 7MM PEARL BRACELET W/ 18K SIGNATURE CLASP.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Triple Strand Cultured and Split Pearl, Gold and Diamond Bracelet
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Triple Strand Cultured and Split Pearl, Gold and Diamond Bracelet
by Doyle New York
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6001 Bid
Cultured Pearl & Chrysoprase Stretch Bracelet
Feb 26, 10:00 AM EST
Cultured Pearl & Chrysoprase Stretch Bracelet
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Sterling Silver Teddy Bear Pearl Bracelet LOT 319
Feb 25, 5:00 PM EST
Sterling Silver Teddy Bear Pearl Bracelet LOT 319
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Carnelian and Freshwater Pearl Beaded 7" Bracelet
Mar 07, 9:00 PM EST
Carnelian and Freshwater Pearl Beaded 7" Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $175- $250
$1100 Bids
Round Pearl Studded 925 Sterling Studded Bracelet
Mar 05, 9:00 PM EST
Round Pearl Studded 925 Sterling Studded Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $225- $340
$1100 Bids
A FRENCH THREE STRAND CULTURED PEARL BRACELET WITH A DIAMOND CLASP
Mar 07, 10:30 AM GMT
A FRENCH THREE STRAND CULTURED PEARL BRACELET WITH A DIAMOND CLASP
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £500- £800
£4500 Bids
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PEARL BRACELET WITH 14KT CLASP
Feb 25, 11:00 AM CST
PEARL BRACELET WITH 14KT CLASP
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $675- $875
$3000 Bids
Entwined Pearl Heart Clasp Bracelet
Mar 18, 9:00 PM EDT
Entwined Pearl Heart Clasp Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $145- $245
$600 Bids
7" Genuine Natural 9mm-10mm Baroque Freshwater White Pearl Bracelet
Mar 18, 9:00 PM EDT
7" Genuine Natural 9mm-10mm Baroque Freshwater White Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $90- $120
$500 Bids
Genuine Silver Luster 5mm-6mm Freshwater 4 Strand Pearl Bracelet
Mar 18, 9:00 PM EDT
Genuine Silver Luster 5mm-6mm Freshwater 4 Strand Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $95- $125
$550 Bids
Square Coin Pearl Bracelet
Mar 18, 9:00 PM EDT
Square Coin Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$350 Bids
Natural White Baroque 4-Strand Freshwater Pearl Bracelet
Mar 18, 9:00 PM EDT
Natural White Baroque 4-Strand Freshwater Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $150- $250
$550 Bids
7" Genuine Natural 9mm-10mm Baroque Freshwater White Pearl Bracelet
Mar 18, 9:00 PM EDT
7" Genuine Natural 9mm-10mm Baroque Freshwater White Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $90- $120
$500 Bids
8" White 7mm-8mm Freshwater Double Strand Pearl Bracelet - 50 Pearls
Mar 18, 9:00 PM EDT
8" White 7mm-8mm Freshwater Double Strand Pearl Bracelet - 50 Pearls
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $95- $125
$550 Bids
7.5" Natural "Fresh Gray" Luster Freshwater 9mm-10mm Pearl Bracelet
Mar 18, 9:00 PM EDT
7.5" Natural "Fresh Gray" Luster Freshwater 9mm-10mm Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pearl Bracelets


Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Lawsons

Lawsons

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen