Myth of the Goddess
Part of the allure of pearls is their origin. Unlike so many other precious stones which are unearthed from the ground, a pearl is birthed from the sea. Just as the goddess Venus was meant, according to myth, to have been born upon the waves. The similarities between Venus and pearls were far from accidental. Analogies with the Goddess’ luminous and pure skin with the lustre of a pearl were overt in Ovid’s Metamorphosis (see book V).