Pearls are organic, made of Calcium Carbonate. Pearl is called ‘Moti’ or ‘Mukta’ in Hindi. Pearls occur in wide variety of Colors. Pearls can be Natural or Cultured. The most popular color is White and Cream, but the palette of color extends to every possible hue. Pearls can be Pink, Golden or Black too. Natural pearls form in the bodies, or mantle tissue, of certain mollusks, usually around a microscopic irritant without any human intervention of any kind. The growth of cultured pearls requires human intervention and care. Cultured pearls are the result of the deliberate insertion of a bead or piece of tissue which acts as an ‘irritant’. The mollusk coats this irritant with nacre and a Pearl is formed. Today, most of the mollusks used in the culturing process are raised specifically for that purpose, although some wild mollusks are still collected and used. Natural pearls can be separated from cultured pearls by taking X-rays to reveal their inner structures.
- Hardness of Pearl on Moh’s Scale: 2.5 – 3.0
- Refractive Index (RI) of Pearl: 1.52 – 1.69
- Specific Gravity (SG) of Pearl: 2.60 – 2.89
- Luster: Pearly
- Transparency: Translucent to Opaque
A Fine Quality pearl should be Symmetrical in shape (Oval or Round) with Good Surface finish and Luster. Good Surface Finish means that the Pearl should not have visible dents, Cavities, and Spots on its surface. All these parameters determine the Price of Pearls.
Pearl Price Stone
Typical Characteristics of Natural Pearls on which their Pricing is calculated are- Shape, Symmetry, Size, Color & Finish. Pearls come in various shapes. Perfect Round & Symmetrical Pearls are high on quality. Silver, White, Golden & Pink colors are most desirable colors in Pearls. Small sized pearls (up to 4 carats) are comparatively more widely available. Bigger Sized Pearls (more than 4 carats) are difficult to form, thus higher price.
Benefits of Pearl Stone
Pearl is associated with Planet Moon. Also, Pearl is the Birthstone for the Month of June as per western astrology. As per Indian Vedic Astrology, Moon is compared to ‘Mother’ in the planetary system due to its nature. It does not have any side effects and hence anyone can wear pearl. The Basic Nature of pearls promises to Protect from evil forces & helps in cure of anxiety, aggression, emotional and metal imbalance. It brings peace and calmness.Pearl is beneficial in curing Insomnia, migraine and headaches.
How to Wear Pearl Stone?
Pearl is worn as Ring or pendant made of silver metal. Pearl Ring is worn in Little finger on Monday. Men should wear the ring in right hand while women can wear in any hand as per choice and convenience. Only un-drilled (without hole) Pearls are effective for astrological purpose.
Finger for wearing Pearl (Moti): Little Finger
Metal for Wearing Pearl (Moti): Silver
Mantra for Pearl (Moti): Om Cham Chandraye Namah
- Day for Wearing Pearl (Moti): Monday
Pearl should be properly energized and activated when you wear it for best astrological results.
Types of Pearls
Natural Pearls: These Pearls are formed through a Natural Process without any Human intervention. Such Pearls are rare and Expensive. Currently, Most Popular source of Natural Pearls is Japan. These Pearls are called ‘Keshi Pearls’. Japanese Keshi Pearl is the most preferred Pearl for astrology benefits. South Sea Pearls from Australia are most popular due to affordability & availability.
Cultured Pearls: These Pearls are formed through Human intervention. Mollusks are raised in Ponds & Lakes for production of Pearls using advanced techniques. China produces large qualities of Cultured Pearls.
Simulants: Simulant Pearls are the look-alike of Pearls. They only have appearance of Pearl but their Physical, Chemical and Visual Properties differ from Natural Pearls.
Always insist for a Laboratory Certificate when you buy Pearls or any other Gemstone. Shubh Gems specializes in Best Quality Certified Keshi Pearls (Japanese) and South Sea (Australian) Pearls.
Pearl Origin and Sources
Japan and Australia are the best sources of Pearl. Pearls are also produced in large quantities in China and French Polynesia, which provides Cultured Pearls and Tahitian Pearls respectively.