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Pearl Gemstone Properties

General

Pearl ˈpər(-ə)l

Stone of Sincerity

Pearls Historically symbolic of purity, innocence and faith, pearls enhance personal integrity and help clear ones mind so that it may be a clean and clear channel for wisdom and spiritual guidance. They were once thought to be the tears of gods and goddesses in different ancient lore.

A pearl necklace worn four thousand years ago by the Persian queen Achaemenid may still be admired today if one was to visit the Louvre in France. The pearl jewelry of the Queen of Sheba has become legendary over the centuries and it has been told that Cleopatra only drank wine with ground pearls in it to protect herself from poinsoning. In the Bible (Job 28:18) it says “The price of wisdom is above pearls”; and Lucifer is said to have broken his teeth due to his craving for pearls and his inability to resist them.

In Ancient China, it was believed that pearls were actually spittle of dragons when they flew through the air to create rain, therefore many Chinese wore pearls as talismans against fire.

 

 

 

Scientific Gemstone Properties

Pearl

Mohs Hardness of 3 with a orthorhombic crystal structure

Pearls are about 2% water, and should not be stored in a very warm place, or they have a tendency to dry out and develop hairline cracks.  Whether salt water, fresh water, natural or farmed pearls are the result of a defense mechanism againt irritation inside of a shellfish; especially oysters and mussels.

Pearls are formed in shellfish – especially oysters and mussels -as a natural defense against irritants such as a piece of sand or grit. When these irritations get inside the shell, the shellfish secretes layers upon layers of Aragonite (known as nacre) around the irritant until it gradually builds up to form the solid pearl. Light reflecting from these overlapping layers is what produces the characteristic iridescent luster.

Pearl Long ago, pearls were important financial assets, comparable in price to real estate, being that they thousands of shells would have to be searched to find one precious pearl, as they were created purely by chance.

Today most cultured pearls are produced in Japan. In the warmer waters of the South Pacific, larger oysters produce South Sea cultured pearls and Tahitian black cultured pearls, which are larger in size. Freshwater pearls are cultured in freshwater mussels, mostly in China. The quality of pearls is judged by the orient, and luster, the reflectivity and shine of the surface. Fine pearls do not have any flaws or spots in the nacre. Other factors which affect value are the regularity of the shape, size, and color.

Cultured pearls and natural pearls can be distinguished from imitation pearls by a very simple test that people have been practicing since ancient times. Take the pearl and gently rub it against the edge of a natural tooth. Cultured and natural pearls will feel slightly rough, like very fine sandpaper, due to the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel as smooth as glass because the surface is molded or painted onto a smooth bead.

 

 

 

Metaphysical Gemstone Properties

Pearl

These Moon and Water ruled “gems” enhance sincerity, truth and loyalty. They bring centering and a calming reflection, as well as attune the wearer to the ebb and flow of life. They are told to give purity, promote faith, charity and integrity, especially personal integrity. Due to its watery and lunar elements, it is quite balancing for the emotions, especially to water signs.

Pearls help one connect with the Goddess, the ultimate feminine energy. They are absorbing by nature and because of this they must be used with caution. If feeling excessively negative while wearing a pearl, it will hold that energy until it is worn again.

Being that a pearl is created by layer upon layer of substance produced to counteract an inherent irritation…it creates a very nurturing aspect. If used properly, Pearls may lessen stress and it’s resulting disorders, such as hypertension, headaches, and exhaustion.

If using peals with other gemstones consider diamonds to amplify and purify, or emeralds to bring the negative energy out and then disperse it.   They are said to stimulate one’s femininity and to assist in self acceptance, lifting one’s spirits and reminding us to stand with dignity.  They not only offer a reflection in which to view oneself, but also offer the insight on how we appear to others without negativity or feelings of inadequacy.

Healing Gemstone Properties

Pearl

Pearls are said to heal in the area of the Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakras, which would help alleviate symptoms and ailments of the stomach, digestion and ulcers.  It is told that Pearl will treat stomach aches, colds, allergies, colds, bronchitis and lung infections.

Chronic headaches as well as migraines may be alleviated or even completely cures when a pearl necklace is worn directly on the skin.  Used properly it is said that Pearls will lessen stress ailments such as hypertension and exhaustion which in turn may help to avoid heart attacks and stroke.

Being linked to the Moon, which makes Pearls inherently feminine they are also helpful in the treatment of many female specific ailments, such as aid infertility and easing the discomfort and pain of childbirth.

It is said that drinking pearl water (elixir) regularly over a long period of time will stabilize and balance the production of hormones in ones body.

Magical Gemstone Properties

Pearl

Energy: Receptive
Element: Water, Akasha
Planet: Moon
Deities:
Aphrodite, Freya, Venus, Neptune, Poseidon
Powers: Protection, Love, Money, Luck
Candle Color: Silver

For magical purposes, Pearls (just as Amber, Jet, fossils and Mother of Pearl) are not actually gemstones, but created from beings that once carried life. There are some who believe that due to this fact these substances carry a heave debt for those who engage in their use.  Many others believe that for the very same reason (they previously carried life) that these substances are that much more powerful in magic and find them as some of the most powerful substances in the practice of magic.

Pearls are intimately connected to the moon, so much so so that some will wear or use them only at night, during the moon’s domain.

Zodiac Gemstone Properties

Pearl

Zodiac Stone of: Cancer & Gemini

Associations: Moon

Birthstone: Modern & Ancient Birthstone for the Month of June, Mystical Birthstone for November

Black Pearls are linked to Capricorn and ruled by Saturn

Chakra Gemstone Properties

PearlPearls will balance and heal all chakras. It assist in the search for higher wisdom and truth, absorbing negative energy from one who wears it, then help one to see and deal with the truth of self.

Directly associated with the 3rd, Sacral Chakra and 7th Crown Chakra.

Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
 by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
 by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
 by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice.  Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing.  Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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