Pearls and the female gender have an affinity that is hard to dispute. The symbolism of integrity, wisdom, resilience, purity, generosity, and loyalty in pearls are the very attributes that are arguably more prevalent in women.

Since time immemorial, women have been disparaged, their voices stifled, their heroic struggle to gain parity with their male counterparts ridiculed, often at great emotional and physical cost. As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8, salutes and applauds women through the ages; the millions who have bravely endured the ignominy of male dominance and suppression in every sphere of life, in every arena, from homes to playing fields; from education to the workplace. We sing the praises of those women who fought valiantly to pull down strongholds of society’s perception of what the so called “weaker sex” could or could not do; from great warriors like Joan of Arc and Medieval Indian ruler, Razia Sultana, who led men in battle, to Madame Marie Curie, the eminent scientist.