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World's Oldest Natural Pearl

World's Oldest Natural Pearl

On an island just off the coast of Abu Dhabi (UAE), archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest natural pearl...
On an island just off the coast of Abu Dhabi (UAE), archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest natural pearl.

The World's Oldest Natural Pearl
Image: © ABU DHABI DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

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.

The Pearl Collection | Augustine Jewels
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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.

Shop the gorgeous Augustine Jewels Pearl Collection now to discover the perfect pearl pieces for you here, or find out more about our bespoke process and get in touch to discuss designing your perfect piece of pearl jewellery.

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