The World's Oldest Pearl

The World's Oldest Pearl

In 2017 this peach colored pearl was discovered in an excavation site on the island of Marawah off the coast of Abu Dhabi.

This small 3mm pearl was presumably from the local Pinctada radiata oyster. This 8000 year old pearl proves that pearl trading had been a major activity in this area since neolithic times. Many other neolithic pearls have been discovered in Saudi Arabia and Oman, as well.

The Abu Dhabi Pearl was on display for the first time at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the 2019-2020 show "10,000 Years of Luxury"


Judi McCormick

Thanks for sharing this pearl info Judy – it’s fascinating! Can you imagine finding this?!

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