How long have people worn pearls?
Pearls are a classic component of traditionalists and trend setters alike. They have been worn by humans for thousands of years to symbolize beauty and purity as well as the wearers wealth and status. Archeologists have recovered many pearl jewelry items dating from 100 B.C. to 200 A.D. Historically, natural pearls were primarily found in the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Mannar. Today cultured saltwater pearls are most often farmed in the Indian and South Pacific oceans, while cultured freshwater pearls are largely produced in China and Japan.