‘Baroque’ is a type of pearl, natural or cultured, freshwater or saltwater, that is asymmetrical in shape and uneven in texture, as opposed to forming a perfect smooth sphere. These pearls were highly popular in the Baroque period and Pearls have long been a symbol of purity, due to their gleaming natural beauty.
For the romantically minded, the ancient Greeks held the belief that pearls were the tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
Symbolism and meaning: Purity, happiness, sincerity, success and love.
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Normally found: Persian Gulf, Gulf of Mannar, South Pacific, Japan, Australia, Europe and Mexico.
Derives from: The Italian barocco or the Portuguese barroco – both meaning ‘imperfect pearl’.