There have been a lot of items and art pieces placed at art museums and exhibitions in the past which are more than a hundred years old. However, you might not have seen a pearl being so old in any exhibition. But if you are in and around Abu Dhabi then you can catch a glimpse of the oldest white pearl at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
This exhibition is named as “10,000 Years of Luxury” and it will be opened on October 30 in the city. Also, the world’s oldest pearl has been dubbed as the “Abu Dhabi Pearl” and it was excavated from Marwah Islands off the Abu Dhabi Coast as well. Interestingly, the pearl which is pale pink in colour is less than a third of centimeter in diameter. Also, radiocarbon dates have been found out of the pearl dating back to being between 5800 and 5600 B.C. which shows that the pearl might be 8000 years old.
The discovery of this pearl was announced by the Department of Culture and Tourism and its Louvre was seen on a video posted on Twitter. Emirati experts say that the discovery of this pearl shows that pearls were being traded since that time in the region. Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism Chairman says that “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,”
Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi revealed that “In this exhibition, we are exploring humanity’s connection to luxury across time and cultures, taking a long lens on the subject from ancient treasures to present-day Haute culture” and adds that “This approach is consistent with Louvre Abu Dhabi’s universal narrative.”