Pearl: Its Significance, Healing Properties, and Uses in Gem Therapy
Pearl has always fascinated humanity, and some even said that this beautiful object is actually the moon's tears. Recognized as an important symbol of the feminine creative essence, it has multiple healing properties that we'll explain below.
Besides, we'll explain how pearl forms, what zodiac signs it can help the most, and other fascinating, fun facts about it.
Pearl: meaning in gemology
Unlike other materials used in jewellery, a pearl is a biomineral, in other words, a stone produced as a result of a living being's activity. As you probably know, this happens naturally in certain bivalve mollusks (like oysters) and 'mother of pearl' its outer covering as well.
So, a pearl forms spontaneously when a mollusk reacts to the presence of some type of impurity or any other foreign object that enters its shell, like any mineral found on the seafloor. When this happens, the mollusk starts to cover the foreign object with nacre (mother of pearl) as a defence mechanism. This can also be done artificially by implanting this object in the shells.
We often imagine that all pearls are small, round, and perfectly white, but this isn't always the case. Black pearl, blue pearl, white, yellow, pink, and copper are all different colours of this naturally occurring gemstone -this all depends on where the pearl forms, its environment, and the nature of its nucleus.
People were always attracted to the colour and shape of pearls giving them incredible value starting three millenniums before Christ, when they were used as a currency to pay taxes in Ancient China.
As far as this gemstone's mystical symbolism goes, Hindus say that Krishna discovered the first one in the depths of the sea to offer it to his daughter as a gift on her wedding day.
Also, there's a beautiful Polynesian legend that tells of a princess engaged to a young man who asked for her hand in marriage by giving her pearls. Although they were happily married eventually, the wedding had to be delayed because these natural gems were stolen from the couple.
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Pearl's healing properties and uses in gem therapy
What if the gems had the power to heal us both physically and mentally? This is true based on gem therapy which involves precious, semi-precious, and even purely decorative stones.
In alternative therapies that use magic gemstones, the pearl is known for softness, tenderness, and feminity. This crystal brings peace and well-being, and due to its composition (nacre is made of calcium carbonate), it can fight decalcification.
For centuries, pearls have been popular for their healing properties. In the past, they were even used to treat dementia and depression as well as other mental conditions.
In India, this crystal has been known to heal tuberculosis, haemorrhages, and eye conditions. In Eastern cultures, it is thought to be an aphrodisiac that promotes fertility, and in Hindu medicine, pearl powder is used to revive sexual energy.
Of course, gem therapy is never a substitute for medical treatment. This is just another option that can be used in addition to modern medicine to help channel energies.
How do you clean pearl?
Magic pearls are like bad vibe magnets. Also, keep in mind, the smaller your gem is, the more often it will need to be cleaned and purified, to continue being useful.
Placing this crystal in distilled saltwater should do the trick in this case. Try to put the water in a bowl made from natural materials (metal, glass, clay, or marble...). Once you've done this, you just need to recharge your healing stone in either sun or moonlight.
Chakras are energetic points we all have in our bodies that allow us to absorb energy. Using magic stones like pearl could help to strengthen these areas.
This gemstone is specifically connected to the root chakra (located at the base of the spine) and the solar plex chakra (near the abdomen, behind the navel).
Which zodiac signs could benefit from pearl?
Based on the date of birth, everyone is assigned a zodiac sign. According to this tradition, each sign has different gems that help them to transmit their energy better.
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Some fun facts about pearl
In Suza, Iran, a necklace containing 216 pearls was found dating back to four centuries before Christ. Since this gem has been used for such a long time in jewellery, it's no wonder it's so easy to find in rings, earrings, or pendants with this stone today.
This healing gem has been cultivated now for centuries, and we can trace this practice back to the 18th century. At this point, the Chinese already knew how to produce freshwater pearls using mussels. In the present day, they produce approximately 500 tons of these annually.
One of the most intriguing tales in history involving pearl is Cleopatra and Marc Antony's romance. The Egyptian ruler assured the Roman that she'd invite him to the most expensive dinner of all time. To achieve this, she crushed a pearl from one of her earrings and put it in her glass of wine, where it dissolved and then drank it. In doing this, the Egyptian queen won the bet.
In Laos, the pearl is associated with funerals since historically this stone was put in the orifices of corpses to assure their arrival in the afterlife. These days, bodies are buried wearing hats with pearl beads for the same purpose.
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