Anna Michelle Collar was born August 26, 1980 in Powell, Wyoming and grew up in Darrouzett, Texas. Anna had a passion for life and a smile that lit up any room she entered. Her friends and family remember her as always going out of her way to help others. She was diagnosed with leukemia on October 14, 2004 and lost her battle on December 22, 2004.
People across the globe have prized and harvested pearls for at least 6,000 years. Evidence of pearl cultivation goes back to at least the 13th century CE. The search for the perfect pearl has continued for centuries. In ancient times, the expense of perfect pearls gave rise to a curious spell for increasing wealth. The caster would select a particularly fine pearl, infuse it with the desire for riches, and then throw it away into a rubbish heap. The idea behind this sympathetic magic practice was that someone who could throw away pearls was rich indeed.
The rarity and expense of pearls also contributed to some common expressions still used today. In The Bible, Matthew 7:6 admonishes against throwing “pearls before swine,” wasting what is valuable on fruitless endeavors. We still commonly refer to precious advice and counsel as “pearls of wisdom.” In the millennia before perliculture, pearls were very hard to find and harvest. When wisdom is given, treasure it like a rare pearl.