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True Love: A Pearl of Great Price

Updated on February 14, 2014
Symbols of love. The pearl is a metaphor of what is admirable and valued in life.
Symbols of love. The pearl is a metaphor of what is admirable and valued in life.

Pearls are such simple gems, yet they are so exquisite. A strand of pearls worn around the neck always adds to a woman's elegance and personal loveliness. Some would say they indicate wealth or richness of life. A pearl is a metaphor for what is valuable, admirable, and natural in life.

Pearls are formed through irritation and as a defense system against potential destruction. At the center of each pearl is a tiny nucleus which is surrounded by multiple layers of inorganic nacre, an iridescent substance, built up over time. It is amazing that out of pain and suffering such a thing of beauty is produced.

Love is like a pearl. It is built up over time through many and varied trials of life. The layers of knowledge that come from understanding caused by our sufferings, pains and groans in life situations, become strong and produce a shimmering object of beauty: true love.

Although beautiful, a closed heart does not respond to others and love will cease to exist if it remains closed.
Although beautiful, a closed heart does not respond to others and love will cease to exist if it remains closed.

A Closed Heart

In order for a pearl to form, the oyster's shell must be open and exposed to outside parasites and intruders. It is aware of the dangers, but it is realizes the importance of being a part of the living world. It gets its nourishment and growth from remaining open.

When we open our hearts to others we risk the danger of being rejected, hurt or damaged. Once you have opened your heart you have exposed yourself to this risk. You are vulnerable to outside impressions and to many you cannot control. A damaged love experience will cause a heart to close. Let's face it, it is much easier to close your heart than to remain open and suffer another painful relationship.

Nasa defines a black hole as a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. Because they are so tightly contained you cannot perceive their existence, they are invisible. It's gravity pulls upon itself so that eventually it will cease to exist.

Similarly, a closed heart absorbs what is around but does not respond to the environment. The true emotions and beliefs of a closed heart are not perceived, invisible to the outside. Love will cease to exist if the heart remains closed.

An open heart reveals treasures developed through the years.
An open heart reveals treasures developed through the years.

An Open Heart

An open heart reveals treasures developed through years of trials. The pearls within are valuable and of great price. They shine with incomparable beauty. As the oyster forms a pearl due to irritation, the heart forms pearls because the pain was taken and coated with spiritual nacre.

No one can truly say the painful experience is worth it at the time. We only reveal we are searching for comfort and not exactly sure where the path will lead. We take the ache and seeks ways to heal the anguish.

Wise hearts will seek out positive techniques to coat the pain. They will wrap it in methods pursuant to healing, the type of healing conducive to growth and understanding. An open heart responds to those around it. It seeks out light and will reflect the light outwards so that all can see what radiates within. It is visible.

The danger of having an exposed heart is that it is unguarded at times and vulnerable to attack. Yet, because it is strong, due to its growth through grief, agony and sorrows, it is able to survive further incidence and injury. It is a risk, but worth the beautiful pearls that will come forth from the possibility: a stronger strand of true love.

The Value of Love

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” —Matthew 13:45-46

When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. —Author unknown

Faith (love) is the silver thread upon which the pearls of the graces are to be hung. Break that , and you have broken the string . . . the pearls lie scattered on the ground. —Charles H. Spurgeon

Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. —Abd-el-Kadar

Polishing The Pearls

True love takes time and energy to perfect. It does not happen overnight, as most of us would prefer. If anything is lasting and of value, it comes at a price. You must seek out ways to build or "polish" it, knowing that it is not going to be an easy task.

Communication is key in any relationship, even more so in one of true love. Conversation should happen daily. Keep it positive, encouraging and learn to keep an open mind to what is being said. Listening while conversing is another trait helpful in building a strong relationship.

Find ways to let the other person know you love them. Simple things are the sweetest and most romantic. A fresh cup of coffee, hot tea, or simple treat by the bedside in the morning when they wake up saves time, but more importantly, let's them know that you are thinking about them. Write a poem, sing a song, take a walk together. It's all in being there for them, letting them know you care.

Keep the fires burning! Having a weekly date night is so invigorating and adventurous. Surprise is always exciting and it counteracts what predictability does to a relationship. Have you ever eaten dinner in the bedroom under a tent while pretending you are on a Caribbean beach? Or, how about forgetting the chores one night and take in a movie?

Keep your love a mystery. Keep it passionate. The more you polish your pearls, the stronger the strand of true love.

True Love Lasts Forever

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a lovely analogy this was from beginning to end. And what you said is true....opening our hearts to love makes us vulnerable but o, the rewards far outweigh the risk.

      Thanks for sharing this with us.

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Hi teaches12345 -

      This one is what I would call a really well-written, well-developed article. Nicely premised and brought along like a superbly crafted painting. Very, very great writing. The little oyster never had a finer champion than teaches12345.

      Gus :-)))

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      PS, love is a precious mystery but so worth the adventure! I imagine you have had your share of risks and know well the rewards of standing true.

      Gus, awwww, you have won my heart! Thanks so much for the lovely encouragement. My hubby and I have had our share of ups and downs, but the price paid resulted in pearls of beauty and love.

      Thank you both for coming by. You opened the door to this hub first and I appreciate your support. Blessings.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved how you compared the pearl to one's relationship and how to keep a relationship healthy and working properly. Truly wonderful analogy here. Thanks Dianna and have of course voted way up and shared all over!!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A wonderful analogy Dianna. Open hearts are vulnerable to be broken but we would never experience the magic of love if we didn't allow anyone in.

      Every word of this is so well written.

      voting UP and more

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine,

      Rosemay:

      Thanks for your support. Love is not an easy virtue to obtain. It becomes perfect over time and through our journey. Wishing you pearls of love in your life.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Your advice was Arlene. Nothing said "I love you" like my ability to read her (at the right time). And pearls... Arlene loved them more tan diamonds.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sounds like you had true love between you. How beautiful! Thank you for adding this to the post. I value your poetic opinion, Mhatter.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how very beautiful teaches! This piece is just brilliant; I must say. Your words are truly pearls of wisdom here. A masterpiece of a hub on love!!!

      That last line is perfect; however, every single sentence you have chosen to write here, I can tell you have carefully and lovingly thought out as the wise woman you are----so thank you. In addition, the quotes you have chosen are superb.

      All should read so I am sharing everywhere.

      Voted up and beyond ++++

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Faith, your words mean much to me. God bless you, dear lady.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love is like a pearl! Beautiful simile and so correct. I really did not understand this message until I met Bev. I was skirting the periphery of love until that moment. Now I get it, and I polish my pearl daily.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent! Voted up and all but funny.

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      Christine Wade 4 years ago from UK

      What beautiful ideas and how beautifully you can put those into words!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      Even from your title I knew I was going to love this hub. You write so beautifully! It is so hard to see those little "parasites and intruders" and be grateful for them. But when we wait them out, it is so worth it. I hope this will be read by many. I'm afraid too many people give up on relationships at the point where they get hard instead of persevering and discovering the beauty of love after enduring trials.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bill, I know this title is true of you and Bev. Over time we learn that true loves takes work but has its great reward.

      Will, I value your opinion. Thank you, friend.

      Christine, thanks for your feedback. It's a subject that I believe in.

      Expect, your thoughts are added value to this post. True, we have to patiently work out troubles until we see the pearl come forth.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Pearls used to be the most prized gem of all before the diamond came along. This stunning hub captures the true beauty of the pearl and of true love. You have written an exquisite analogy that is as expressive of life as the pearl, itself. Well done! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Genna, a single pearl alone represents so much. May you always know the beauty of your pearls in life!

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh teaches, this is beautiful! I like this one the most...

      "It is a risk, but worth the beautiful pearls that will come forth from the possibility: a stronger strand of true love. "

      Like those delicately lovely pearls, true love can be as twice as lovely when honed exactly the way pearls do. Very beautiful article, I'm in all smiles. Please allow me to link my "ABC's of Love" hub to this. Thank you for the beauty. Blessings and Love you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Tonipet,

      I so appreciate your thoughts on this post. Thank you. I find that true love takes time to cultivate and helping others to understand this will only enrich their lives. And, I am honored to link to your ABC post, I will backlink yours to this one as well.

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Thank you, too, teaches. I don't know, it's just that I found myself smiling after reading the hub. I feel joyful and grateful, and I like the feeling. I believe hubs like your "True Love - A Pearl of Great Price, is what the world should read to get indulged in. I so wish I can share this beauty to others, as well. Thank you, once again and SMILES:=)!

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      Jerry W Hulse 4 years ago from Kingsport, Tennessee

      Teaches, this made me cry, it is absolutely breath taking especially when one is experiencing marital problems. Vote Up

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful hub, Dianna, full of wonderful description and great imagery. Thank you so much for sharing it!

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I love the metaphor of the pearls and a human heart. I have to share this and tweet it. I got goosebumps from your poetic words.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Jerry. So glad this brought some hope to you. Prayers sent your way.

      Alicia, your visit is always so encouraging to me. Thanks.

      Minnetonka, thank you for your positive feedback. I appreciate your comment. Have a wonderful week.

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      Jerry W Hulse 4 years ago from Kingsport, Tennessee

      Teaches, this reminds me of a man well up in years trying to lead his long time friend to the Lord. The friend just could not grasp that Almighty god would become a man and pay the sin debt for all. The man not giving up went into the other room and returned with a good sized pearl that would be priceless and gave to his friend. The friend would not accept the gift because he knew that the mans son had been a Navy diver and lost his life in a drowning incident with his father when they were diving for pearls some years back. The mans son had handed his father this great pearl and left to search for more. This was the last time he had seen his son alive. The friend said this was the last contact you had with your son and that incident cost your son his life and I cannot accept this priceless gift to which the man replied; This is what God purchased for you and it cost his Son his life. teaches, In all the hubs on hub pages, this one really got to me and be Blessed

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Wonderful teaching on pearls and love, teaches. Yes, with love there is pain and it is hard to let people in when in order to love them you must become vulnerable to them. The pearl of great price is the one I want most.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      This is a beautifully written hub from beginning to end. Up, beautiful and awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jerry, thanks for sharing that inspirational story. The cost of love is so great, perfect in every way when you consider the price is paid. When we see the pearls in life, we should not only admire the beauty, but think about what it took to make such a treasure. Be blessed in your journey, friend.

      North Wind, opening up to others is a great risk and requires trusting in others. As you say, it causes pain at times, but it also brings much wisdom and growth. Hang on to those pearls. Blessings.

      Pop, thanks for your visit here today. I appreciate your comments and support. See you at the inn!

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good morning teaches.

      Very beautiful and wise.

      May I share this with Chinese?

      God bless you with a wonderful garden of love.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for your positive visit and blessing, TeacherJoe. Yes, please feel free to share with others. I hope it helps many to understand true love takes work but is worth the patience. May you have a wonderful week. Blessings.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good afternoon teaches.

      Thank you.

      Most Chinese girls demand you have a house, car and make very good money before they will agree to marry a Chinese boy. They don't care about having a relationship or love.

      This leads to many unhappy marriages.

      God bless you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      TeacherJoe, sadly, many women believe this way and it leads to disappointment in marriages. Marriage should be considered an important decision, but love makes it complete. God bless you.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Dianna, what a lovely comparison between pearl and true love, only writer like you could give such a marvel shape to this marvel hub. God bless.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for the encouraging words, Girishpuri. I hope the post helps many to continue to build their relationships.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      oh sweet friend this is wonderful I love pearls my favorite.. they are so classy looking and feel so good.. and your hub is wonderful.. and love does mend a broken heart and can break you too.

      I pray you have a wonderful week

      I am sharing your hub

      Debbie

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      such beauty and truth in your words. I like the similie of love is like a pearl. I love pearls, I'm wearing them right now.

      "Keep your love a mystery. Keep it passionate. The more you polish your pearls, the stronger the strand of true love." Thanks for the words of wisdom. We must guard our hearts at all times. voted up beautiful, awesome and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Deborah, I love pearls for the same reasons you mentioned. They are such a reminder of what is beautiful in life. So happy to see you here and thankful for your support. Blessings.

      Love, how appropriate to read this hub and wear the symbols! I'm sure you represent this topic well. Blessings! Thanks so much for your support.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      A lovely tribute to both pearls and true love, Dianna. Thank you for this pleasurable read. And your choice of photos is perfect. :)

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hello Teaches, what beautiful thoughts you have on relationships. I am so glad you wrote this Hub, because it will have such meaning to many. I do not wear jewellery, but I am just remembering that a dear Burmese friend gave me two beautiful strings of water pearls when we parted. I think now I must wear them to remind me of her goodness and your kindness in writing this. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, DR BJ. I appreciate your comments on this topic. It was one that I wrote after I read about pearls one day. Interesting how thoughts come to mind and then onto paper, but then you are an expert on this.

      Vicki, so glad this reminded you of your friendship and brought back fond memories. I am grateful for your comment and support. Enjoy your day.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      WOW, beautifully expressed. Polishing pearls of love is what keeps the flame burning bright. Enjoyed reading your hub. Awesome, voted up and shared.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This hub is a pearl of wisdom teaches! Closed hearts and black holes only make the owner sadder! Your analogies are brilliant. So glad you put pen to paper with this one.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Vellur. So glad to see you and read your positive feedback on the topic. I thank you for your support. Hope all is going well for you in your part of the world. Blessings.

      Tillsontitan,, thank you for the valuable comment on the hub post. I can't think of anything better than writing from the heart. You have a great day.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Wow - this was almost like a poem. Love the analogy and something for everyone to keep in mind. Pinned , up and awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I guess it does have a poetic nature to it. Thanks for the feedback and support. Have a lovely day.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      How interesting Dianna, as I had not really thought about the symbolism behind the peal before.. what a lovely read and a departure from your children's hubs! Vote up :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Christy, it is a different aspect of my writing. Was thinking about relationships at the time. So glad you visited here today. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Extraordinary description of pearls. I have learned more about pearls today, thanks

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, DDE, fo your contribution here and glad you have learned something from the post. Take care, friend.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Dianne, what an awesome article about love and the truth within the heart. Your examples are right on. In my spiritual work we use the pearl to describe the unpolished soul, much as you have done here. It is so important to maintain a careful watch over an open and vulnerable heart. It needs to be protected by the insensitivities of a harsh world sometimes. I enjoyed this hub and will share it. UP/U/A (Just in time for the Valentine month).

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A good hub with much information about pearls.Pearl is the perfect stone for the persons whose zodiac sign under influence of thd moon.It is perfect for mental peace and calmness.

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Very beautiful hub! I love pearls and this exemplifies the precious nature of pearls, etc.

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      My Cup Runneth Over 4 years ago from America the Beautiful

      I treasured my grandmother's pearls and was heartbroken when they were stolen during a burglary. Thank you for reminding me that her love for me is so much more important than the necklace was.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Oh, Carton, so sorry about your grandmother's pearls. How horrible that you lost such a precious keepsake. So glad that this post brought back lovely memories of your sweet nana. Keep those treasured pearls of love around your heart!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      This is a lovely sentiment, just in time for Valentine's Day!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, Deborah. I do hope it brightens the day for many.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful metaphor, Dianna! And you are so right. If our hearts are closed to the love around us we can never gain from it. Thanks for sharing!! Beautiful and passing it on!!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      I love metaphors, and this one is absolutely perfect. I need to quote you: "Love is like a pearl. It is built up over time through many and varied trials of life. The layers of knowledge that come from understanding caused by our sufferings, pains and groans in life situations, become strong and produce a shimmering object of beauty: true love."

      Voted up and shared :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Dianna, wonderful hub. So well constructed from first to last and I hung onto every word. The analogy is wonderful and beautifully explained. Gorgeous :o)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful hub, I like the way you have related it to a pearl. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up and sharing!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      So lovely, I never even thought of the resemblance to love and pearls, but seeing it like that makes sense, and I love your last sentence, polish your pearls the longer the strand of love, what a great way to put it! wonderful!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Very nicely done literary effort. I'm reminded of my late grandmother, whom I asked if she ever thought of getting remarried after she was widowed. She said it would be presumptious of her to think that she could have a good marriage twice in one lifetime. So she never did remarry. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hello Teaches. Just dropping by. I don't have time to do the writing these days, but like to check on certain friends once in a while. I see you are growing in followers. This is a well thought out hub, with lots of love insights. Keep it up and have a wonderful year. Ann Davis

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      anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hello Teaches. Just dropping by. I don't have time to do the writing these days, but like to check on certain friends once in a while. I see you are growing in followers. This is a well thought out hub, with lots of love insights. Keep it up and have a wonderful year. Ann Davis

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Midget, thanks for stopping by here and glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for passing it on to others. You have a great week.

      Marti, I have to thank you for reposting this one. It was so nice of you. I am happy it has brought you some enjoyment.

      Livingsta, thank you for the feedback on the post and so glad you came by today. Thanks for sharing it with others. Be well and strong.

      Nell, I love pearls and I guess I was inspired by the story of their perfection through nature. Thank you for supporting this post.

      Alocsin, I love your grandmother's saying and I would agree with her whole heartedly. True love is rare. Thank you for adding your persepective to the post, so beautiful.

      Ann, it has been some time since I have seen you and what a nice surprise to have you're here. I understand the time constraints, I am having to rethink my schedule as well. Like you, I value the community and friends, so please stop by often for a chat. Thank you for your encouragement. Have a wonderful blessed year, dear friend.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Beautiful analogy, Dianna. Love brings in elegance and poise in a person's life and what better comparison than with Pearls.

      Btw, PEarls are my favorite to wear as compared to any gems on this planet. I sure do hope I can help sustain love in my relationship :)

      voted up adn sharing it across

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ruchira, I am also a lover of pearls over other gems. Wishing you a long strand of love in your pearls of life. I appreciate your support.

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      savvydating 4 years ago

      Nicely done! The pearl is a great analogy for love. Wish I'd thought of it. Voted awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Savvy, thanks for stopping by here and for your encouragement. Enjoy your day, dear lady.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow this is simply amazing. I personally have a craze for Pearls. Very well written. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you Vacation Trip. I too have a personal liking to pearls. I think they are so beautiful against a black dress or with just a simple sweater and skirt. Enjoy your day!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      This is really wonderful. It is true that we need to open our hearts to love and just like the oyster's shell. It needs to open to have the most precious pearl in the world.

      Great hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, opening our hears is such a risk but we will never experience the beauty in life is we keep it closed. Thank you for stopping by to add your comment to the content. Blessings!

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hi teaches, Awesome Analogy so beautifully and brilliantly put into words. To love does mean to risk but it also means to live life to the full.

      Love does make one vulnerable to rejection, hurt and pain. Yet, the alternative is to close off our heart and miss out on the many joys of life.

      I believe the key to keeping ones heart open is to love boldly and to forgive generously - whether it is deserved or not. Forgiveness frees us up to move on and to love again. When one learns the key to forgiveness - the heart mends quickly and it is wiser for the pain it has endured.

      Loved this hub and all of the pictures it conjured up. Beautifully written my friend,

      Voted Up +++

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by today, Mekenzie. I am always encouraged by your reflections on a post. I agree that forgiveness is a big part of learning to trust and develop true love. Be blessed in your journey today.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      What a gorgeous analogy you have shown between pearls and love which kept me reading from start to finish. Love needs nurturing just as a precious pearl does and your beautiful words say it all.

      Congrats on a wonderfully written piece with pics to match perfectly.

      Vu, Interesting, beautiful and shared!!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      I hadn't thought of the parallels between pearls and love. What a great Hub to share this Valentine's Day! Truly enjoyable and informative read! :)

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Ah I always thought that pearls were unlucky but this beautiful hub proves the theory wrong!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      What an awesome article. Using the formation of a pearl as an analogy to love is very clever. I love the way you wrote of all the ways to strengthen a relationship. This is a beautiful hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Suzie, Thank you for your reflection of the article. I have always loved pearls and how much they represent the strength of love. Have wonderful week ahead.

      Lindacee, I am glad you found the post enjoyable. I hope you Valentine's Day is filled with lots of love from those around you.

      Acaetnna, So glad you agree that pearls can be a good thing. They are formed from the hardships of life and it's interesting at how they form their beauty in response to the pressure. May your day be filled with lots of goodness.

      Pamela, thank you for your feedback on the post. I enjoyed writing this one and hope it helps many to build and strengthen their true love. Blessings!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interestingly written and I love how you draw out the similarity between love and pearls. Voted up and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you Rajan for your positive feedback on this article. Enjoy your day!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This has to be one of my favourite hubs of all time!

      Absolutely fabulous, thank you.

      Voted up across the board.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I wore pearl on my finger for more than seven years because astrologer suggested it will help soothe my mind.

      After reading this hub, I admit how little I knew about pearls.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Movie, thank you for your support. So glad you enjoyed the article. It is a view that I truly believe will make a relationship last. Enjoy your week, dear friend.

      Vinaya, pearls have so much meaning don't they? Glad that you were able to glean some new information and found it interesting. Hope your day is going well.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Such great words of wisdom from beginning to end. My husband and I have also had our ups and downs but our marriage of 42 years is stronger because of it. So many people opt out of marriage at the first sign of trouble. They do not realize that life is not smooth sailing all of the time. Your comparison of a lovely pearl being similar to true love is perfect! Both take time to develop...but the results are well worth it. UUB votes and sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peggy, congratulations on 42 years of maried bliss. Love takes time to develop, it doesn't happen in just a few short years. Thanks for adding to the content with your comment. Blessings.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A beautiful hub describing the strength of love in parallel to the beauty of a pearl! I am swept away by this lovely analogy of yours. Pure & true love is precious like a pearl. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up & shared on Facebook

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Ishwarya! So glad you enjoyed the post. It is one dear to my heart. Thank you for your feedbacka and support, dear friend. Blessings.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 4 years ago

      Teaches12345, This is marvelous and so precious! There is much spiritual treasure here... You have poignantly captured the beautiful essence of True Love! As you so wonderfully stated:"True love takes time and energy to perfect. It does not happen overnight, as most of us would prefer. If anything is lasting and of value, it comes at a price. You must seek out ways to build or "polish" it, knowing that it is not going to be an easy task." AMEN! Indeed it does require ongoing maintenance...

      I am thankful beyond words to have the lasting forever growing experience of True Love! Again wonderful compostion. Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy Joy, Peace & Blessings! Voted UP of course!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      DeBorrah, thank you for your encouraging feedback. I truly believe true love comes at a price, but is so worth it. God bless you, dear lady.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful hub and I agree with the analogy between love and a pearl. Just like gold, that has to go through the test of fire to be made into ornaments,a thing of beauty; similarly, love goes through various rigors of testing for it to emerge true and strong.

      Fantastic piece of writing.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Beautifully written and with much thought. I wish you deep Peace.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Exquisite words of wisdom and symbolism derived from the beauty and endurance of a pearl...culminated with the perfect song.

      Excellent description of true love. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Read again, so beautiful, voted up and shared, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Rajan,

      Thank you for your comment. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, my work is keeping me busy. Your words are lovely and are what I hope people also grasp when they view this post.

      Manatita,

      Thank you. I appreciate your coming by here and also wish you peace.

      Marcoujor,

      I am glad you found the article inspiring. Your feedback is valuable to me. Enjoy your week.

      Nell,

      Thank you for stopping by to support this post. Hope you have a marvelous week.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      Hi,

      The secret of love are right in your palm...

      Terrific piece, wonderful and fitting comparison and a most compelling revelation of facts.

      I bet you must have drank from the cup of love - A drink of inner happiness.

      Great Job!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hi Ubanichijoke! I must confess that my hubby and I have a built a relationship over the years that now holds many treasures. Thank you for visiting and glad you enjoyed the topic. Blessings!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is just so beautiful; sorry I somehow missed it. Maybe the best you have done here I think, but then it is something personal to each of us. I read it twice, fantastic. ^

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Hi this is my second visit to this priceless hub :) I really like this and I agree with what you have said :) 'Communication is key in any relationship, even more so in one of true love. Conversation should happen daily. Keep it positive, encouraging and learn to keep an open mind to what is being said. Listening while conversing is another trait helpful in building a strong relationship.' So true :) God bless you!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Jackie, I wrote with the purpose of helping people to find the value of true love. I am glad you found this to touch your heart. Thank you for your feedback. Stay well.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      RDsparrowriter, your thoughts add value to the topic. Yes, communication leads to solid relationships. God bless you!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      What you said here is so true " When we open our hearts to others we risk the danger of being rejected, hurt or damaged. Once you have opened your heart you have exposed yourself to this risk. "

      Broken hearts isn't a nice feeling but when we get over that hurdle we see it worked out for our good. We were worth more than what that person could have offered. God saw the distant future while we saw the present. I once had a broken heart and i will say i am not opening up my door to trod in whole heartily until i am sure. I've made up my mind never to be hurt again.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Lady, so sorry you had this experience. It is unfortunate that people do not value our true love for them. Sounds like you have come out better for the wear and are much wiser in the ways of love. May you always have the true love of others in your life. Blessings.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Oh, you have produced a real gem here what love is all about. Yes, love is gained through facing rough and tough path of life. This is such a useful stuff that all people especially the youth should ponder it in order to gauge the true meaning of love. Great hub, no doubt.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Harishprasad, thank you for the feedback on this topic. I agree with your thoughts on love gained by racing rough times -- it makes it stronger as we overcome the problem.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Beautiful hub! I loved reading this, and I believe in true love that lasts forever :)

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Violette, I am so glad that we have the same heart on true love. THank you for adding to the content value. Blessings, dear lady.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was beautifully written with great tips on love and staying connected throughout life. I love the analogy between the pearl and love. You have gained a new follower...

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      Hello Always Exploring, thank you for the support. Pearls are such treasures, as is love!

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      Christy B 3 months ago

      So true what you wrote about a closed heart as compared to an open heart, D. I am doing my best to stay open to love and enjoy each day. Great hub xo

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful, beautiful hub about pearls and love! I feel sorry for having missed reading this wonderful hub earlier. Your thoughts about true love touched me.

      Pearls are so much synonymous with love--delicate and pure! I can't think of a better option to gift to a lady love.

      Lovely pictures and very well presented hub! Thanks for sharing!

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