General Meaning: Since the beginning of time, pearls have been a picture of beauty and wealth. • Pearls are a lovely picture of a hidden treasure waiting to be found, but also something that is bought at great expense. • Visions Positive: In Scripture, pearls speak of wealth and an object of trade. Of course the parable of the businessman who sells all he has for the one pearl is a famous one. • Matthew 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. • A pearl is something that was usually bought at a great price, and if you owned one, it was an object that was precious and of high value. • It is also a picture of the church, as Jesus had used this parable to explain how He would pay all he had, even His life, for the church, which was His precious pearl. • If you see the Lord giving you a pearl, it means that He is giving you a gift that will increase in value and is something precious. • It is something that came at a great price to purchase. And it is a lovely picture of the blessing and prosperity that we can walk in, because of the price Jesus paid on the cross. • If you see the pearl still in the oyster, then it means that the Lord is giving you a blessing, but you will need to do something to get it. • Negative: The Scripture below is another famous one. To cast your pearls before swine, means taking those things that you paid such a great price for and giving them to people who do not appreciate it. • This can often happen in ministry, just as Jesus experienced it. • The calling and the mandate God gives someone comes at a great price. It costs you your life and many phases of death to the flesh. Your calling becomes a treasure in your life. • When you give out to people who do not care to receive it, but only seek to condemn, you are handing something precious over to them that they do not deserve. • Reserve your ministry for those who are open to receive, just as Jesus did. • Matthew 7:6 Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and tear you apart. • See also: Jewelry .