His Holiness' book, just above my computer was the place I hung a new pearl earring (one of the pair) for a quick photo.
Its luminescence and organic irregular pear shape seemed a fitting adornment.
The body colour is a rose-tinged champagne, with hues of pistachio in the orient. This is why I love pearls, and admire jewelers who avoid the dead white balls that most stores sell.
No other gem has been so degraded by pollution and disease, yet you can still find well-priced, captivating pearls, especially if you don't mind the tiny blemishes that show your oyster burped years ago.
We can make endless copies of man-made perfect beads, yet nature's sincere imperfection is so much more evocative and satisfying.
"The more you remain open and sincere, then ultimately more benefits will come to you. If you forget or do not bother about others, then eventually you will lose your own benefits."
- The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom