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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Enhanced Stability"

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Often the names: Abalone & Mother of Pearl are interchangeable to most people. But just as the Ammonite & Ammolite are one and the same yet two separate things entirely; as is Abalone and Mother of Pearl.

Abalone is a beautiful shell showing a play of bright blues, black, brown and turquoise across a polished surface…a dark rainbow of colors say some. Abalone shells are the outer housing, or exoskeleton of sea-creatures, and they are a wonderful vessel in which to find Mother of Pearl.

Mother of Pearl is a layer of light colored lines inside the shells of mollusks in general, creating a protective shield.  Known to some as the ‘nacre’ such as on a pearl; it is the shiny layer that forms inside of the shell.

Pearl oysters and Abalone are known to be wonderful sources for Mother of Pearl. Both will be addressed here as the same basic ‘gemstone’ as they both carry the same properties; just as the Ammonite and Ammolite; with very few variations.

What is considered an Organic Gem?

While many minerals are considered gemstones, there are also a number of materials that have been infused, infilled or partially replaced by organic materials; as well as natural organisms that have been mineralized then used and considered valuable ‘gems’ throughout all our time.

Organic materials considered gemstones include but are not limited to: AmberBoneCoral, Ivory, PearlsMother of PearlAbaone as well as meteorites such as Moldavite

Organic materials that have been mineralized to gemstones include: Dino Bone (Gem Bone, GembonePetrified Wood, Fossils such as Ammolilte and Ammonite; during the mineral infilling the organic structure is preserved therefore it remains an organic material, and thus an Organic Gem.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 2.5-3 with various  crystal structures.

Abalone, as well as shells in general have been found in seas and oceans the world over, and are commonly known to be the homes of small creatures of the seas.  Although shells appear in many forms, Abalone is shaped much like a curved ‘ear’, with small holes that allowed the sea creature to breathe.

Metaphysical Properties

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Both Abalone and Mother of Pearl have been reported to promote intuitive powers and to stimulate all psychic development and intuitions.  These lovely ‘gemstones’ are said to promote imagination in a healthy and positive manner.

Nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers.

Seashells were the medium of financial exchange in a great many parts of the world where metals were scarce or lacking altogether. Thought to be quite valuable, a gift from the sea, and to carry the life that it once carried itself

Healing Properties

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AbaloneAbalone is said to be helpful in the calming of those who may be considered ‘high strung’, benefiting the nervous system, they heart, and the spinal column. Assisting in the healing of small breaks in the skeletal structure, it may also be beneficial in enhancing the assimilation of both vitamins A and D.  Often used in athletics to build as well as protect muscle tissue, it is also told to be helpful in digestion as well as protecting the body from atrophy.

Mother of Pearl is known to be helpful with a wide range of skin ailments, rashes, or allergies.  Said to relieve fluid retention, and to be beneficial to all for fertility issues, pregnancy, and birth. Was said to be placed on newborn babies bellies to help ensure protection in their coming life.

Both the Abalone and Mother of Pearl are known to be very healing to the body in general.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Water & Akasha
Planet: Moon & Neptune
All Sea Deities
Wealth & Physical Protection
Candle Color: Silver

All shells from the seas have a deep connection with not just the water deities, but with the Goddess as well, and therefore Akasha or the 5th Element.  All shells have been used in magical working over the millennia as alter decoration, vessels, smudging activities and worn to honor the deities.

Shell are very valuable when working through emotional situations, whether they be past or present. Abalone is specifically said to enhance smudging activities, instilling a stable atmosphere by gathering the energy of one’s community. A magical gift from the sea, said to stimulate fertility of the mind and body, as well as for spell that protect one from the uncooperative attitudes and actions of others

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Pisces (Abalone) & Cancer (Mother of Pearl)

Associations: Moon & Neptune

Birthstone: Not a Birthstone or Anniversary stone for any month

Chakra Properties

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Unknown Chakra Associations

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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