Pearl and weddings
The tradition of giving pearls to brides probably dates back to about 1000 BC when the Hindu God Krishna brought forth pearls from the depths of the sea to give to his daughter on her wedding day. It continued with the ancient Greeks, who believed that pearls would ensure a happy marriage. The association between pearls and weddings reached a peak during the 14' and 15' centuries when everyone from the bride to her male guests was adorned in pearls.
Such a belief can be found from ethnic wedding customs around the world. For example, the ancient Greeks considered pearls as "wedding gem" that would help ensure marital bliss and prevent newlywed brides from crying in wedding experience.
During the Crusades, gallant knights returning from the Holly Lands would bestow pearls to their "fair ladies" for their wedding days.
In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, pearls made royal wedding fashion to the height in the French House of Burgundy. The tradition of wearing/adorning pearls passed from Queen Elizabeth I to our modern Queen Elizabeth II. At the beginning of the 20th century, pearls were as much a nuptial gem in the United States as diamonds are today.
Pearls & Wedding