Arguably on par with the diamond, pearls are the most enduring and timeless gemstone you can own. Throughout various mythologies, pearls are nearly always symbolic of wisdom, women, water and the moon, but they’re a symbol of class, power and sophistication. With that in mind, Â it’s no wonder they’re worn throughout history by female heads of state and celebrities alike. As June’s birthstone, I thought I’d share some fun facts about famous pearls, and their attachment to powerful women.
1. The oldest known pearl jewelry was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC. It’s currently on display at the Louvre in Paris.
2. According to legends, Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it to prove her love for Marc Antony (as far as we know, pearls do NOT actually dissolve in wine, but DO keep them away from vinegar).
3. According to Marco Polo, the kings of MalabarÂ wore a necklace of 108 rubies and 108 precious pearls which was given from one generation of kings to the next
4. The famousÂ La PeregrinaÂ pearl was smuggled out of Spain toÂ NapoleonÂ and later purchased at an auction byÂ Richard BurtonÂ who gave it toÂ Elizabeth TaylorÂ as an anniversary present.
5. Not only is Margarita a sensational cocktail but the name Margarita actually means pearl.
Ok, fine, that last fun fact is not exactly politics and celebrity related, but I’m sure plenty of powerful women have enjoyed a good margarita. Margarita’s are also a perfect summer cocktail to kick off the month of June. So put on some pearls, order one from the tiki bar (hopefully with one of those cute little umbrellas) and tell your friends how impossibly meta you’re being.