|Chemistry: CaCO3 (92% Aragonite) and conchiolin (6%)||
Hardness (Mohs scale): 2.5-4.5 ||
Specific Gravity: 2.60 - 2.85
Crystal System: Orthrhombic (microcrystalline form of aragonite)||
Luster: Pearly ||
Color: Black, green, yellow, pink, blue, cream, pearl||
Habit: Depends on the initial shape of the irritant, usually round beads.
Environment of Origin: Pearls are a product of mussels' or oysters' organic buildup around an irritant that is trapped in their shells, irritating the soft tissue.
Taken in milk, pearls were used to cure ulcers, while the plague was prevented with 6 pearl grains in water sweetened with manna (ash tree sap). Burnt pearl powder mixed with water stopped hemorrhages and if inhaled, it cured headaches. Oil of pearls was believed to fortify the nerves and people of the South Pacific wore pearls to protect against shark attacks. Leprosy and other skin disorders were healed by applying the oyster shell containing a pearl. The gem was considered beneficial for easing indigestion, curing hemorrhoids, and counteracting poison. Nursing women took pearl concoctions to make their milk healthy and plentiful. Pearls also were essential toiletry articles, used to clean face and teeth.
Element: Water, Akasha
Associated Stone: Ruby||
Powers: Love, Money, Protection, Luck
Associated Metal: Silver||
Deities: Isis, Aphrodite, Freya, Venus, Lakshmi, Diana, Neptune, Poseidon|
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