By  on October 8, 2010

Pearls are the only gems made within a living animal, and are also the oldest jewels known to man. Since ancient times, pearls have been symbols of purity, innocence and perfection, donned by royalty and wealthy nobles.

A fragment of the first known pearl jewelry, now on display at the Louvre in Paris, was found on a 2,000-year-old sarcophagus of a Persian princess.

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