Religious and royal symbolism around pearls spans east to west. The crowns of kings were often covered in gold and pearls. Sometimes the omniscient third eye of the Buddha is depicted as a pearl. John, the Apostle, wrote that the gates of New Jerusalem are colossal pearls. Pearls were considered a Christian symbol of the purity of Mary or the soul within the body.
The spherical shape of the pearl in itself is also significant. The planets, the sun, perhaps even the cosmos itself, like the pearl, is spherical. The shape represents completeness. Pearls, even in their form, are a metaphor illustrating how even what is most difficult in life can end in a state of great beauty.
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