Found deep beneath the sea, hidden within an unbecoming shell, the pearl is a symbol of hidden beauty, purity and depths of emotion and understanding. These qualities make it a fitting emblem of the 30th anniversary.
Holding the ambiguous stature of being the only gems that are not stones, pearls have always held an ethereal quality, sometimes even being described as â€œaliveâ€ and able to change color, temperature and mood.
Pearls are often associated with women due to both notorious pearl fanciers such as Cleopatra and Elizabeth Taylor as well as the ama pearl divers of Japanâ€”generations of women who have dived for pearls dressed all in white. However, the appeal of pearls is not restricted to females. In fact, Native American Powhatan men were seen wearing pearl earrings and necklaces, as were men of Indian nobility.
Paraphrased from The Meaning of Wedding Anniversaries by Gretchen Scoble and Ann Field, Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, CA, 2004