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Formation of a pearl inside a pearl oyster occurs because of the presence of foreign material inside the body of the oyster. To save itself from the undesired material the mollusk coats the object with layer after layer of nacre. It takes many years for a mollusk to produce a pearl of substantial size. The process through which the pearls are formed inside the body of the mollusk is very delicate, and a little disturbance at any stage of development of a pearl can influence its shape and lustre. The finest pearl is that which has no foreign matter in its core. Pearls are obtained from eight sources, which are Sky Pearl, Cobra Pearl, Bamboo Pearl, Hog Pearl, Elephantine Pearl, Conch Pearl, Fish Pearl and Oyster Pearl.




General properties

Planet : Moon
Cosmic Color : Orange
Sign : Cancer
Element : Water
Time : Evening
Day : Monday
Metal : Silver

Signs of well-placed Gemstone

* Good memory
* Balanced emotional life
* The native will have good affluence, good fortune, recognition and fame
* Emotions under control

The gemstone helps to prevent the following diseases :

* Eye diseases, lunacy, paralysis, hysteria, epilepsy, cold, cough.
* Throat troubles, asthma, bronchitis, varicose loins, nervous debility, cancer, typhoid.
* Colic pains, worms, intestinal disorders, tumors, peritonitis.

Qualities:

A genuine pearl is supposed to have the following qualities :

* Perfectly round, globular shape and size
* Spotlessness and freedom from blemishes (dents, scratches, ridges) and impurities.
* Lustre, soft glamor, attractiveness and brilliance of reflection
* Smoothness, which gives an agreeable sensation to the eyes
* Compactness, which gives it a high specific gravity.
* Moonlike, shining white color

One who wears or possesses a pearl with all of the above mentioned qualities enjoys good fortune and is blessed by the goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of prosperity), lives long and becomes sinless, and obtains vitality and intelligence. He achieves high position by his wisdom and becomes famous.

A pearl with a yellow lustre brings prosperity. Red-tinted pearls make one intelligent, shining white pearls bring fame, and a pearl with a bluish hue brings good fortune.

A pearl devoid of lustre, that is, dirty, broken, having no gleam of circulating water, black or copper colored, partly white and partly colored, irregular, odd in shape having holes, dents, or sports is defective and should be avoided.
 

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