Pearl stone, also known as Moti stone in Hindi, is a valuable gemstone cherished across the globe and is preferred for crafting beautiful ornaments.
Moti has been a crucial part of popular culture and is widely used as a compliment for someone gorgeous. Since ancient times, Moti has been a subject of desire and admiration. Vedic astrology believes that Moti stone has the power to strengthen the positive effects of the planet moon. The luminescent beauty of this stone has inspired several legends.
Pearl stone is glamorous and attractive, found in hues of white, ranging from pale white, to a pinkish touch to even black. The exceptional versatility of Moti stone makes it even more gorgeous. The smoothness, lustre and shape of Moti vary across different parts of the world.
Mostly, Pearl stones are found in eight basic shapes: round, semi-round, button, drop, pear, oval, baroque, circled and double bouldered. Perfectly round pearls are the rarest and the most valuable. Natural pearls often display larger cavities where organic matter has dried out and is decomposed.
The Origin and Habitat of Pearl
Formed inside the shell of certain molluscs, Pearl stones are their defence mechanism against potentially threatening irritants such as a parasite or an attack from outside that injures the mantle tissue. These aquatic organisms create a pearl sac to seal off the irritation. Therefore, it’s safe to say that Moti stones are the result of an immune response.
The organism’s mantle is a protective membrane that deposits layers of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the form the mineral aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite.
Generally, irritants that lead to the formation of these pearl sacks include organic material, parasites, or external damage that displaces the mantle tissue to another part of the organism’s body. These small particles or organisms enter the shell valves while they are open for feeding or respiration.
Pearl stones were previously found in several parts of the world. However, now, they have a limited presence. Moti stones are found in the Gulf of Kutch, which is the coast of Gujarat and in the Gulf of Mannar, which is the coast of Tamil Nadu. In the Gulf of Mannar, the natural pearls are called the famous ‘Lingah’ pearls. Natural pearl stones are also found in the Australian Indian Ocean waters from wild oysters.
History of Pearl
Moti stones, especially white Pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries, dating as far back as ancient Greece, where it was believed that pearls were the tears of the gods. The sarcophagus of a Persian princess bore traces of the oldest known Pearl jewellery, back in 520 BC.
Since natural pearls were rare throughout the course of history, only the richest nobles could afford them. Rules of the Byzantine Empire dictated that only the emperor was allowed to wear Pearl stones. These Pearl stones were also a prized possession amongst ancient Egyptians, who were often buried with Pearls.
The Pearl age, which spanned during Tudor England witnessed an abundance of Pearl stones amongst the upper class. Portraits displayed royals wearing pearl jewellery and clothing adorned with pearls.
These valuable stones became more accessible in the early 1900s when commercial culturing of saltwater commenced in parts of Asia. It was only in the 1920s that cultured pearls began almost completely replacing natural pearls in the market.
The Virtues of Pearl
- Relieves the wearer from the evil influence of the planet moon.
- It is highly recommended for people with anger management issues.
- Enhances mental strength of students.
- Beneficial for good health.
- Eliminates negativity from the wearer’s mind.
- Helps in establishing a healthy relationship with friends and family.
- Reduces depression and frustration.
- Relieves eye diseases.
- It is helpful in flourishing business related to medicines, arts, oil, milk, beverages, perfumes, and shipping.
The ritual to wear Pearl
Pearls are considered to be the birthstone of those born in June. However, one should always consult an astrologer before wearing a Pearl stone.
It can be worn with a silver ring. There is an elaborate ritual to the process of wearing a Pearl stone ring.
Firstly, the silver Pearl ring should be dipped in gangajal and then in unboiled milk. Then the ring should be worshipped with flowers and incense sticks. Finally, the wearer has to wear it on the little finger of the right hand on a Monday morning during the shukla paksha between 5 to 7 AM while reciting the mantra ‘Om Som Samay Namah’ 108 times.
Read this before buying a Pearl gemstone
Pearl stone weighs 3 carats ideally. The cost of natural Pearl stone varies depending on their colour, clarity, size, and overall quality.
Substitute for Pearl stone is the moonstone. However, it is unlikely to yield the desired benefits.
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