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All you need to know about pearls: origin, energetic qualities and symbolism 

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All you need to know about pearls: origin, energetic qualities and symbolism

Pearls, with their serene beauty, are among Julia Otilia’s most beloved materials.
They add asophisticated elegance and a feminine touch to any outfit. Apart from their outer beauty,
pearls are said to carry impressive inner qualities as well. It is not for nothing that many
cultures have attributed various symbolic meanings and legends to this magical gem. In this
blog, we will tell you all about it.

How are pearls formed?

First things first: how do pearls take their shape? There are several causes that may spark the
beginning of this process. As you may know, pearls are grown in oysters. A grain of sand may
enter the creature, or a tiny organism may disruptthe oyster’s tissue. The oyster begins to
secrete a fluid, crystalline substance to coat the irritant or the disruption, which is known as
nacre. Nacre, also called mother of pearl, is made of the same material that forms the shell
of the oyster. It’s a combination of protein and calcium carbonate,which is both lighter and
stronger than concrete. It takes thousands of layers of mother of pearl to form the gem as we
know it. However, naturally formed pearls are incredibly rare, which is why pearls are also
cultivated at pearl farms, where this same natural process is imitated.
Note: we feel that it’s important to mention that pearls are not vegan-friendly, since they are
a product from an animal (the oyster). Julia Otilia aspires to become a fully vegan brand over
the next few years, which is why we are currently experimenting with vegan-friendly pearl
substitutes that radiate the same beauty as natural pearls but are not animal-derived – we
will keep you posted on this journey!

Different types of pearls

As for natural pearls, there are four main different types:


Freshwater pearls

Freshwater pearls – the pearls we are currently using – present a lot of variety in natural
colors. Usually they come in pastel shades including pink, peach, and lavender. These pearls
are also one of the most durable varieties. They are available in both symmetrical and free
form shapes and are mostly grown in China’s freshwater lakes.

Akoya pearls​

Akoya pearls most often come in a fresh, classic white shade, which is what they are famous
for. Yet, here are also Akoya pearls that have blueish or golden hues. This variety of pearls is
primarily grown in Japan and China.


Tahitian pearls

Tahitian pearls are grown inside a special Tahitian variety of oysters called Black Lip oysters.
They are known for their natural black color, with iridescent overtones such as green or


South Sea pearls

South Sea pearls are often called ‘the queen of pearls’ and they are the largest pearls in size
as well as the most luxurious pearls available on the market, due to their beautiful satin-like
glow. They come in two sub-varieties: golden South Sea pearls and White South Sea pearls.
Both come from different types of oysters that create pearls in natural golden shades and
natural white shades, respectively.

Energetic qualities of pearls ​

Many different qualities have been ascribed to pearls. First of all, pearls are considered to
have a strong healing energy. They carry wisdom and balance, and gently invite you to find
your own flow due to their connection with the sea. Pearls are said to have a nurturing,
maternal vibration to them: they can have a calming, centering effect on those who wear
them. They also bring focus and enhance personal integrity.

Pearl symbolism and legends ​

Due to their moon-like shape, many cultures have associated pearls with the power of the
moon, which is further reinforced by the connection between the moon and the sea. Ancient
Vedic texts refer to pearls as the moon’s daughters – meanwhile, astrologically, pearls are
associated with the planet Venus, since this Greek goddess was born from the sea, just as
pearls are. Ancient folklore also associates pearls with tears: they were believed to represent
the tears cried by Adam and Eve. In Asian cultures, pearls are worn by brides as a symbol of
fertility. Universally, pearls symbolize wealth, purity, feminine essence, wisdom and much

Our favorite pieces of pearl jewellery

Our favorite pieces of pearl jewellery include our pearl creole earrings and our pure pearl
necklace, which make a timeless and feminine set together. For a more playful touch, our
raspberry blossom earrings made of soft pink sweet water pearls are lovely option. For those
who prefer a more raw, natural shape, our raw pearl earrings are a perfect fit. These designs
are available in both silver and gold plating.

Julia Otilia is a sustainable, ethical and fair jewellery brand from Utrecht.
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