Before oil was found in Dubai...

Antique necklace made of real natural pearls in course, 1930s

Did you know that until just a few decades ago, pearl diving was the main source of income for the countries that are now part of the United Arab Emirates? Almost nowhere in the world are natural pearls of jewellery quality found in comparable beauty than off the coasts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Since ancient times, these treasures from the sea have been prized with gold, because genuine pearls from the Persian Gulf have always been extremely rare and precious. It was not until the 1920s, when it became possible to cultivate cultured pearls in Japan, that larger sections of the population were able to afford pearl jewellery - but this was made from cultured pearls. The genuine Oriental pearl remained and still remains a treasure. Today, the art of pearl diving is largely lost in the Emirates, because the oil that has been produced there since the 1960s is far more lucrative. The necklace presented here consists of completely naturally grown, i.e. genuine pearls, which were created without human intervention. The necklace consists of a strand of delicate pearls in silky white, which are individually knotted in rows. The lock of this yellow gold necklace presents another precious pearl and shows the typical design language of the 1930s. Jewellery made from oriental pearls is now more rare and precious than ever. The delicate oysters that produce these little treasures have been severely depleted in numbers and now produce hardly any worth mentioning. In terms of beauty and quality, the natural pearl is the only true original.

Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious, since they are small natural wonders, just like natural gemstones. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. The magic that emanates from natural pearls can hardly be put into words, as each natural pearl is different from the next and has its own luster, structure and shine. They are always wonderful unique specimens of nature - which are hard to find today.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.