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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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12mm-13mm White and Gold South Sea Baroque Pearl Expandable Bracelet
Dec 03, 9:30 AM EST
12mm-13mm White and Gold South Sea Baroque Pearl Expandable Bracelet
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$6004 Bids
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14K YELLOW GOLD BAROQUE PEARL .58CTW DIAMOND HINGE BRACELET
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
14K YELLOW GOLD BAROQUE PEARL .58CTW DIAMOND HINGE BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2804 Bids
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A cultured pearl and diamond bracelet
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A cultured pearl and diamond bracelet
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$8003 Bids
Vintage 14K Gold Designer Pearl Bracelet
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage 14K Gold Designer Pearl Bracelet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$163 Bids
14K GOLD BLACK PEACOCK PEARL BRACELET 4 STRAND
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
14K GOLD BLACK PEACOCK PEARL BRACELET 4 STRAND
by Imperial Auction
Est: $300- $400
$303 Bids
Antique 14K Gold and Pearl Bracelet
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Antique 14K Gold and Pearl Bracelet
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $200- $400
$503 Bids
PEARL, DIAMOND & 14k GOLD FORMED LINK BRACELET
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
PEARL, DIAMOND & 14k GOLD FORMED LINK BRACELET
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6502 Bids
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14K TWO TONE GOLD PEARL DIAMOND HINGED BRACELET
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
14K TWO TONE GOLD PEARL DIAMOND HINGED BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
14K GOLD BEAD 3 STRAND PEARL BRACELET
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
14K GOLD BEAD 3 STRAND PEARL BRACELET
by Imperial Auction
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid
MOTHER OF PEARL STERLING LINK BRACELET
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
MOTHER OF PEARL STERLING LINK BRACELET
by Bering Auctions
Est: $385- $425
$101 Bid
10k Yellow Gold and Cultured 7inch Pearl Bracelet by Rafka
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
10k Yellow Gold and Cultured 7inch Pearl Bracelet by Rafka
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $250- $300
$2001 Bid
Baroque Pearl Bracelet w Sterling + Diamond Bead
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Baroque Pearl Bracelet w Sterling + Diamond Bead
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $350
$11 Bid
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MICHAEL DAWKINS 3 STRAND STERLING PEARL BRACELET
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
MICHAEL DAWKINS 3 STRAND STERLING PEARL BRACELET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
TRIPLE STRAND MULTI-COLOR PEARL BRACELET
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
TRIPLE STRAND MULTI-COLOR PEARL BRACELET
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $2,000- $2,200
$51 Bid
14-Karat Yellow-Gold, Diamond and Cultured Pearl Triple-Strand Bracelet L: 7 in
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
14-Karat Yellow-Gold, Diamond and Cultured Pearl Triple-Strand Bracelet L: 7 in
by Weschler's
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Antique 18K Peacock Gold, Sapphire and Pearl Bracelet
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
Antique 18K Peacock Gold, Sapphire and Pearl Bracelet
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$101 Bid
Jewelry: 14KT yellow gold link bracelet with pearls and acce
Dec 16, 10:00 AM EST
Jewelry: 14KT yellow gold link bracelet with pearls and acce
by Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Akoya-Perl-Armband
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Akoya-Perl-Armband
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
Engelshaut-Korallen-Armband
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Engelshaut-Korallen-Armband
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €550- €1,100
€5500 Bids
Pearl gold bracelet, two stranded, pin clasp 750/18K yellow gold (hallmarked), diameter of cultured
Dec 03, 1:00 PM CET
Pearl gold bracelet, two stranded, pin clasp 750/18K yellow gold (hallmarked), diameter of cultured
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
MARVELLA BRACELET
Dec 13, 11:00 AM EST
MARVELLA BRACELET
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $25- $100
$50 Bids
BRACCIALE
Dec 05, 6:00 PM CET
BRACCIALE
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €200- €250
€2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pearl Bracelets


Zorrilla Subastas

Zorrilla Subastas

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Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus

Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp