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Pearls have stood the test of time in fashion. In the 1900s and even before than pearls were known as status symbols because of how rare they were. Its hard to say who the earliest people to collect and wear pearls were ( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/history-pearls.html). However the oldest piece of pearl jewelry is approximately 3,000 years old (pearldistributors.com). Now a days pearls are not exactly a status symbol but still very relevant in fashion.
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