The idea of the Pearly Gate, the entrance to Heaven, comes from the cult of Aphrodite Marina, or the Sea-mother Mari, to whom pearls were sacred. Her own body was the Gate of Heaven. When the Goddess appeared in the guise of the moon, she was called The Pearl of the Sea, or Pearl of Wisdom. Her seven high priestesses were the Seven Pillars of Wisdom (the Pleiades).
The Pearly moon-gate, like Mother Earth, made no distinctions between those who could be admitted and those who could not. All living things were her own children. The ancients gave all pearls the feminine connotation, saying they were made of the moon and water. –Barbara Walker, Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets.
Here is my string of pearls. I hope you will take them up, try them on, and let me know how you like them. Maybe even send me some of your own.