Pearls from the Past: The World’s Oldest Pearl Found in 2019
Emirati archaeologists have made a historic discovery this month at Marawah Island, off the capital of the United Arab Emirates: what’s believed to be the oldest pearl in human recorded history. Excavated in October (2019), this exquisite natural pearl is carbon-dated to between 5,800 and 5,600 BC, that’s almost 8000 years old! Found at one of the oldest sites in the country, the gem was excavated from the location of numerous collapsed Neolithic structures. These have also provided researchers with ancient ceramics, beads made from shell, as well as stone and flint arrowheads.
The Abu Dhabi Pearl
This exquisite pearl is an important discovery for Abu Dhabi’s department of culture and tourism. Many researchers are hailing it as definitive proof that pearls and oysters were sought-after in the UAE nearly 8,000 years ago. This represents the earliest known evidence for pearling yet discovered anywhere else in the world. While Japanese and Tahitian cultured pearls are now preferred, ecologically sound, industry we know and love today, this ancient art is an exciting addition to the UAE’s incredible legacy.
“The Abu Dhabi Pearl is a stunning find, testimony to the ancient origins of our engagement with the sea. The discovery of the oldest pearl in the world in Abu Dhabi makes it clear that so much of our recent economic and cultural history has deep roots that stretch back to the dawn of prehistory.” Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi
See It For Yourself
The world’s oldest known pearl will be shown for the first time in the exhibition “10,000 Years of Luxury”. If you find yourself anywhere near the Louvre Abu Dhabi for the opening on 30 October, it’s bound to be an incredible opportunity to see this rare, spectacular find on display.
Wear Finely-Aged Pearls
Despite the astounding age of Neolithic pearls, their contemporary counterparts are certainly no less magnificent. These beautiful gemstones take several, painstaking years to culture and the highest quality produced is akin to finely-aged wine: an indulgent, luxurious treat. Browse through our collections of enchanting Tahitian pearls online and contact us for any assistance you may require.
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