is the gem for the Moon. Pearls are organic, having
been created by the secretions, called nacre, produced
by a mollusc to coat a foreign object that entered
its shell. Throughout history, divers would harvest
many molluscs in order to discover the occasional
Pearl that was completely created by the mollusc,
known as a Natural Pearl. In order to be called a
Natural Pearl there must have been no human interference
in the creation of the Pearl. You will know that you
are buying a gemologically certified Natural Pearl
by the many thousand dollar price tag, yes for one
pearl! You can assume that you are buying a Cultured
Pearl, one where humans have nucleated and farmed
the molluscs if your price is in the hundreds. If
I were buying a Natural Pearl, I would insist upon
a certificate from The Gemological Institute of America
stating Natural Pearl. X-radiography is part of the
testing and the $100- fee would be worth it if I were
spending thousands of dollars on a Natural Pearl.
your Vedic planetary gem recommendation you will ideally
want an undrilled Pearl that is as round, white and
free of blemishes as possible. So while your strand
of Pearls may be helpful, try to have at least one
undrilled Pearl to fill your Vedic gem requirement.
Pearls have been produced for centuries, with beginnings
in China in the thirteenth century. At the end of
the nineteenth century, Koichi Mikimoto began experimenting
and ultimately obtained patents enabling him to take
the Cultured Pearl market worldwide in a big way!
Japanese saltwater Cultured Pearls from a particular
species of oyster are called Akoya, and yet the same
oyster is used in many other countries culturing processes.
The warm waters of the South Pacific are home to a
mollusc that is much bigger than the cold water species,
thereby producing the larger South Seas and Tahitian
Pearls. The Chinese began commercial culturing of
freshwater Pearls in the 70's and have revolutionized
and flooded the market with their tons of production.
Beginning with the misshapen 'Rice Krispies' Pearls
that many associate with freshwater Pearls, they quickly
became very sophisticated in their culturing. Instead
of a large shell bead which is inserted into Akoya
oysters, the Chinese began with a piece of mollusc
flesh, or tissue. These tissue-nucleated Pearls were
then grown in fast producing mollusc species, then
tumbled round and used as a starter 'bead' inserted
in the next round of mollusc. This produced Cultured
Pearls that closely mimicked the Natural Pearls as
a majority of the Pearl is composed of nacre. In slow-growing
cold saltwater Akoya oysters, the nacre produced over
a three year period can be as little as one millimeter.
In recent decades, the Chinese culturing has become
more and more sophisticated and they now produce Pearls
in the quality that we are looking for in our Vedic
gems; round, white, and free of blemishes. Watch for
bleaching, simulated and imitation Pearls.
of the finest Pearls throughout history came from
The Persian Gulf. There is still a big market for
these expensive Natural Pearls as some Middle Eastern
cultures in particular prefer and highly prize Natural
Pearls are extremely fragile and require special care:
no cleaners, soaps, perfumes, or lotions in contact
with the pearl. The most cleaning they can handle
is wiping with a very soft cloth. Therefore I have
chosen to create a Moon pendant instead of a ring.
The undrilled 10 millimeter Freshwater Cultured Pearl
is held so that it is in contact with the skin and
can be worn at the throat chakra.
was determined to be associated with the blue ray
of the visible light spectrum as opposed to Pearl,
which emits the orange ray when viewed through a prism.
This is based on the work of Dr. A. K. Bhattacharya
and can be found in his book 'Cosmic Ray Therapy',
as well as many other sources subsequent to his original
research. The blue ray is associated with Yellow Sapphire
and Topaz and therefore would make Moonstone Feldspar
a Jupiter secondary gemstone!
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