The History of PearlsWritten by Brannon Smith
The exact time when pearls entered history books is unknown, as they were discovered long before pen was ever put to paper. 300 B.C. is one of earliest written recordings of pearls. Marco Polo also wrote of pearls in his travels. They were prized for their magnificent beauty and natural allure by royalty and commoners alike. Pearls are most natural of gems as they need no cutting, polishing or other work to bring out hidden brilliance. Except for nucleus implanting, they are totally created by nature and ready to admire right out of oyster.
Pearls pop up in early history as a highly coveted gem, revered by rulers of ancient civilizations of China, India and Rome. According to Xhao Xi Gou, a writer of Sung Period, ancient Chinese “did not value gold or jade, but valued pearls for they were far brighter”. In ancient China, pearls were used not only for adornment, but also as currency. They served to enhance their owner's image, imparting an air of authority and grace.
In Rome, pearls were assigned such tremendous value that entire military campaigns could be financed on sale of a single pearl. The Romans ranked pearls as their most precious commodity. The Romans sent so much gold to India in exchange for pearls that a serious trade imbalance developed and Roman economy weakened significantly. It was only a matter of time before Rome's pearl decadence contributed to decline of Roman Empire.
Ancient Hindu writings refer to pearls as bringing longevity and prosperity. The writings also tell an ancient story of Krishna who brought pearls to give to his daughter as a gift on her wedding day. This Hindu story is one of earliest known accounts of pearls and wedding experience.
A Wedding in the BahamasWritten by Ester Napoli
Do you envision your wedding in a tropical paradise? Perhaps you see yourself exchanging vows on warm sand beside an aquamarine sea or sailing off into sunset with ten of your dearest friends to enjoy a wedding feast and spectacular scenery. If such a scenario appeals to you, a Bahamas wedding can make your dream come true.
In order to be eligible for a legal Bahamas wedding, you and your partner must spend one day in Bahamas before submitting an application for a marriage license ($100). You must provide a photo ID. If you are widowed, you are required to provide death certificate of your spouse; if you are divorced, you must provide a document proving that you are legally divorced. You will also need to have proof of your arrival date in Bahamas (your Bahamas Embarkation Card will do). It is recommended that you obtain a copy of your wedding certificate before you leave Bahamas. It can be mailed to you if time is an issue but delays and complications have been frequently encountered. Once you arrive home, you will need this marriage certificate in order to obtain other legal documents.
Wedding packages are offered at most hotels and resorts in Bahamas. Prices vary. Here are a few examples: