On an island just off the coast of Abu Dhabi (UAE), archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest natural pearl.
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The pearl, which is estimated to be over 8,000 years old, was found on Marawah Island, during excavations, where the earliest structures in the UAE were also found. Even since the Neolithic times (1700BC-1200BC), pearls have been found and traded in the UAE region.
"The discovery of the oldest pearl in the world in Abu Dhabi makes it clear that so much of our recent economic and cultural history has deep roots that stretch back to the dawn of prehistory," said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, the chairman of Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism.
Later this month, in the Louvre gallery in Abu Dhabi, the pearl will be on display for visitors to see.
At Augustine Jewels, designer Alexandra was inspired by the Al Thani Exhibition of antique pearl jewellery at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the natural beauty of Marrakesh to create our stunning Pearl Collection, which combines elegant pearls with natural gemstones and precious metals to achieve exquisite examples of elegant jewellery.
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There are many different types of pearls, such as Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian, and South Sea. Natural pearls also come in a vast variety of colours, including white, pink, purple, black, gold, and blue, as well being available dyed any colour you can imagine.