Pearls can represent transforming difficulty (dirt) into a gem. Mollusks are closed and need to open in order to retrieve the pearl. Precious stones and gems are messages about discovering increased self worth. So dreaming of a pearl can suggest how opening can lead to greater fulfillment. Since they are associated with the sea, the message can also relate to potential or what can be retrieved from your 'inner depths.' Water is also assciated with feelings so dreaming of pearls can be a message about opening to feelings. Pearls can also symbolize a pearl of insight or the value of expanded awareness.