Pearls are exquisite to behold and have been used in jewelry for hundreds of years. Unlike other gems, the pearl is organic matter obtained from the living creatures of the sea like the mollusks and oysters. The pearl is actually formed as the mollusks or the oyster coats itself with layers of nacre to protect itself from unwanted materials that could damage them. The process is very delicate and it takes years for a pearl to be formed. Even a small disturbance or damage at any point of time, can change the whole shape and luster of the pearl. A pearl with no foreign matter inside is considered the finest pearl and is very rare.
There are a number of folklores about pearls. It was believed that pearls were first born when a drop of rain fell from the heavens and became the heart of the oyster. Pearls were also considered the teardrops of moon and they were believed to form when the angels passed through the clouds in the heaven. Today, pearls are considered as symbols of purity and are stitched in bridal gowns or added in bridal jewelry.
Pearl is said to bring prosperity, fame, good memory and balance the emotional life of the wearer. It is also said that pearls have medicinal properties to cure diseases like asthma, varicose vein pain, cancer, colic pains, lunacy, hysteria, etc. The Indians consider the pearl a sacred stone as it is associated with many deities, especially Lord Vishnu. References to pearls are also found in Jewish and Christian holy scriptures.
Pearls are usually available in various colors ranging from milky white to beige or with a tinge of blue and are available in different shapes. The pearl is also called “queen of gems” and is a symbol of innocence and purity. A pure pearl can be identified by certain aspects like moonlike white color that shines, perfectly round shape and smooth, spotless without any dents or blemishes.
Different Types Of Pearls
- Freshwater Cultured Pearls
- Keshi Pearls
- Mother of Pearl
- Mabe Pearls
- Cultured Pearls
- Japanese Cultured Pearls