Pearls have been treasured for thousands of years and are one of the oldest known gemstones. The ancient Egyptians were among the first to value pearls, considering them symbols of wealth and royalty. In ancient Rome, pearls were associated with prestige and power. In China, pearls were believed to be the tears of dragons and were highly esteemed. They were associated with wisdom, wealth, and immortality. It was during the Renaissance period in Europe, pearls became a symbol of purity and virtue.