BENEFITS OF WEARING A PEARL
Pearls are now preferred to diamonds - for a long time, then, they were thought of as a badge of respectability, almost of authority rather than the exotic and fascinating jewels that they are. Pearls have always been expensive, so much so that the 20th century saw the emergence of the cultured pearl.
Literally hundreds of oysters have to be opened before one is found with a pearl. Nor can you cut it neither shape it as you can with other gems. They improve with wear, picking up faint traces of oil from your skin - so rub them with soft chamois leather rather than washing them.