This pearl mosaic ring encapsulated the beauty of Trianon, King Louis's getaway palace just a 25 minute walk from Versailles. I imagined the ladies of the court dripping with pearls, their dresses swishing as they walked.
Luminous, iridescent and reminiscent of the moon, the pearl is one of the most ancient and beloved of all gems, considered to be of divine origin, sacred. They are the only precious gem produced in a sea creature rather than from a mine in the earth.
The gem of queens from Cleopatra to Empress Theodora of Byzantium, to Queen Elizabeth the 1st, the pearl represents purity, love and sexuality, and is said to hold hidden wisdom.