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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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MIKIMOTO 18K WHITE GOLD SAPPHIRE PEARL BRACELET
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
MIKIMOTO 18K WHITE GOLD SAPPHIRE PEARL BRACELET
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1756 Bids
natural round black Tahitian pearl bracelet 14K FIC
Jun 16, 6:30 PM EDT
natural round black Tahitian pearl bracelet 14K FIC
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $50- $500
$201 Bid
7" Genuine Natural 9mm-10mm Baroque Freshwater White Pearl Bracelet
Jun 24, 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
Jun 24, 9:00 PM EDT
Genuine Silver Luster 5mm-6mm Freshwater 4 Strand Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $95- $125
$550 Bids
Natural White Baroque 4-Strand Freshwater Pearl Bracelet
Jun 24, 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
Jun 24, 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
Jun 24, 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
Jun 24, 9:00 PM EDT
7.5" Natural "Fresh Gray" Luster Freshwater 9mm-10mm Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
7.5" NATURAL PINK "ROSE MEDALLION" 7MM-8MM BAROQUE PEARL BRACELET
Jun 24, 9:00 PM EDT
7.5" NATURAL PINK "ROSE MEDALLION" 7MM-8MM BAROQUE PEARL BRACELET
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
Genuine Natural Pink Freshwater 7-8mm Pearl Double Strand Bracelet
Jun 24, 9:00 PM EDT
Genuine Natural Pink Freshwater 7-8mm Pearl Double Strand Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $150- $250
$550 Bids
Genuine Natural White Freshwater 7-8mm Pearl Double Strand Bracelet
Jun 24, 9:00 PM EDT
Genuine Natural White Freshwater 7-8mm Pearl Double Strand Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $150- $250
$550 Bids
Carnelian and Freshwater Pearl Beaded 7" Bracelet
Jun 20, 9:00 PM EDT
Carnelian and Freshwater Pearl Beaded 7" Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $175- $250
$1100 Bids
White, Pink, & Purple Baroque Pearl Bracelet
Jun 20, 9:00 PM EDT
White, Pink, & Purple Baroque Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $90- $120
$350 Bids
14k Yellow Gold Smoky Quartz, Pink Tourmaline and Cultured Pearl Bracelet
Jul 14, 10:00 AM PDT
14k Yellow Gold Smoky Quartz, Pink Tourmaline and Cultured Pearl Bracelet
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3000 Bids
PEARL, CHALCEDONY AND DIAMOND BRACELET, ca. 1940.
Jun 19, 11:00 AM CEST
PEARL, CHALCEDONY AND DIAMOND BRACELET, ca. 1940.
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF4,000- CHF6,000
CHF4,0000 Bids
PEARL, EMERALD, RUBY AND GOLD BRACELET, ca. 1900.
Jun 19, 11:00 AM CEST
PEARL, EMERALD, RUBY AND GOLD BRACELET, ca. 1900.
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF3,800- CHF5,800
CHF3,8000 Bids
3 ROW FRESHWATER PEARL SQUARE CLASP BRACELET
Jun 24, 9:00 PM EDT
3 ROW FRESHWATER PEARL SQUARE CLASP BRACELET
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $150- $250
$650 Bids
Cultured pearl bracelet with yellow gold clasp.
Jun 19, 1:45 PM CEST
Cultured pearl bracelet with yellow gold clasp.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €350- €400
€1500 Bids
8" White Keshi 3 Rows Cultured Baroque Pearl Bracelet
Jun 24, 9:00 PM EDT
8" White Keshi 3 Rows Cultured Baroque Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$850 Bids
OPULENT 17-ROW FRESHWATER PEARL BRAC
Jun 18, 10:00 AM CEST
OPULENT 17-ROW FRESHWATER PEARL BRAC
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€3900 Bids
3 FAUX PEARL BRACELETS WITH SPRING R
Jun 18, 10:00 AM CEST
3 FAUX PEARL BRACELETS WITH SPRING R
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€300 Bids
An Edwardian 15ct gold sapphire and half pearl bracelet
Jun 25, 10:00 AM BST
An Edwardian 15ct gold sapphire and half pearl bracelet
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£2000 Bids
Een antieke parelarmband met turkoois en saffier
Jun 19, 2:00 PM CEST
Een antieke parelarmband met turkoois en saffier
by Veilinghuis Onder de Boompjes
Est: €150- €250
€1200 Bids
Square Coin Pearl Bracelet
Jun 24, 9:00 PM EDT
Square Coin Pearl Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$350 Bids

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