The world’s oldest known pearl will be put on public display for the first time since its discovery in 2017. The pearl, measuring around one-third of a centimeter, is said to have formed between 5800 B.C. and 5600 B.C.
“The Abu Dhabi Pearl is a stunning find, testimony to the ancient origins of our engagement with the sea,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Emirates’ Department of Culture and Tourism. “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.”
The pearl will be displayed as part of the “10,000 Years of Luxury” exhibit at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The exhibit opens October 30.