Pearls, Mother of Pearls and Shells
A variety of sea mineral, similar to coral, creates another family of minerals harvested from the sea. Pearls, Mother of Pearls and Shells are among them.
Shells: All varieties of shell fish, or Crustaceans, have a hard crusty shell which is their home and nest. The shell protects their fragile bodies from danger when faced with predators, since they don’t have any hard bones or skeletons in their bodies. When the creatures that use the shells as their home die, the shells end up washing to the shore.
They are then collected and polished with machines that remove the hard dull outer surface of the shell, only to reveal absolutely gorgeous pearlescent bursts of colors.
Technology and art have comes together with natural beauty offered by these creatures of the sea to render an amazing array of beautiful colors that mesh together to reveal the hidden beauty.
Abalone shell and Paua shells are most favored pieces which fetch handsome prices – considering they are something that washes on to the shore and can be collected by anyone. These have natural beauty even without machine polishing.
Other types of shells are enhanced by machinery because the outer crust is covered with dull colors which blend in with the color of the sand in the ocean to protect the shellfish from being detected. These come to life with some help from manmade machines.
Mother of pearls, are the naturally shiny layers of the thick shiny parts, cut from the inside of shells. These are made into all kinds of geometric shapes, perfect for kneaded jewelry.
Mother of pearl provides a more reasonably priced substitutes for pearls but carry the same healing qualities and are more versatile, as larger shapes and sizes can be cut out from shells – much bigger than natural or cultured pearls.
Sea pearls and Fresh cultured pearls, are those where pearl fishers or pearl harvesters grow pearl oysters and when the season is right, they place a grain of sand in the oyster shells and then when the season comes to its full harvest time, they harvest the pearls from those shells.
Cultured pearls are getting more and more prevalent around the world. The Far East, China and Japan are known to have great pearl harvesting facilities. Natural pearls which are not cultured but happen naturally are by far more precious then the cultured pearls.
The oyster that makes pearls is a specific type of shell fish. It creates the beautiful pearl as a defense mechanism when an invader enters its shell and crowds its natural habitat.
The invader is a grain or two of sand! The sand gets inside its shell, as a natural outcome of living in waters and being exposed to the sand.
The oyster creature’s puts layers of protection around the grain of sand as a means of relieving itself from the discomfort within its shell, her home.
The shell is the home of the pearl oyster. When it is contaminated or cluttered with the few grains of sand it has no other choice but to create comfort around its own environment.
The pearl oysters live in both salt water of the sea and fresh water of rivers and lakes. Pearls that come from oysters that live in fresh waters are usually cultured pearls. Pearls from oysters that live in salt waters are more natural, although cultured pearls from the sea are also available.
The nature of natural and cultured pearls: Natural pearls are more unique and precious and also harder to find. They also are often irregular in shape, as the original shape of the sand pieces that get inside the shell are not necessarily perfectly round.
On the other hand, in the case of cultured pearls, perfectly rounded grains of sand are chosen to be placed inside the shells intentionally so as to get as close to a perfectly rounded shaped cultured pearl as possible.
Fresh cultured pearls, as well as the naturally occurring ones, are then dyed to a variety of colors and shades in order to match seasonal preferences and varieties of color combinations.
Similarly the actual shells are cut to pieces and polished, and then some are dyed with different colors to allow them to appear as semiprecious quality minerals.
Abalone shell and paua shell are the type of shells that are simply polished and carry a beautiful variety of greens, blues, purples, grays and pearlescent colors.
Almost all shells that are polished for gem use and all pearls that are turned into powder, to then use in various combinations, have a pearlescent shine to them.
The word pearlescent is significant of the shine that pearls have. That pearlescents can be easily seen when looking at an abalone shell or a paua shell or other shells that have the florescent combination of colors.
Special Qualities and Healing Virtues of Pearls, Mother of Pearls and Shells: All three have the tendency to balance the fluids of our bodies. Pearls, in particular, are created as a result of the pearl oyster having the nuisance of a grain of sand being stuck inside its shell.
The oyster then starts pouring its saliva, building layer upon layer of smooth fluid around the grain of sand to make the abrasive experience of the sand more gentle and tolerable.
The layers of saliva harden to a much smoother and softer material to lay its body on than the prickly grain of sand. As a result the beautiful pearls are created.
Pearls therefore, by nature take the pain away. This includes physical as well as mental, emotional pain. The experience of pain and discomfort can be released and its memory turned soft and tolerable in the presence of pearls, mother of pearls and shells. Pearls are known to especially accomplish this task.
Chakra placement: The color of the pearl can address the specific chakra of the body- use the chakra color chart as a guide – (red for Root, orange for Sacral Plexus, yellow for the Solar Plexus, Aqua-marine Blue for the Seat of the Soul Chakra, Pink for the Heart Chakra, Turquoise Blue for the Cosmic Heart Chakra, Cobalt Blue for the Throat Chakra, and Lilac for the Third Eye Chakra, etc).
The most perfect way to use them is to take a string of naturally colored pearls – usually white, off white or dark gray pearlescent colored ones – and lay it along your body.
The white-off white colored ones can go over the Third Eye and Crown and the upper chakras; the dark colored ones can go over the lower chakras, from throat down all the way to root and tailbone, even extending down to the knees and feet.
You may imagine the energy of healing extending further down to cover your Earth Crust Chakra and provide a connection with the Earth Core Crystal and your Hara Line.
Your Hara Line is a shaft of energy which runs down from the bottom of your feet all the way to the core of the earth. Your Hara can be the source of great Light, Life Force and Abundance from the pure heart-core of Mother Earth.
How to use Mother or pearls and Shells: Pieces made from mother of pearls and shells bring a sense of protection and safety, as their mere existence is to provide the creature, their owners, a safe and secure home, nest environment.
If you are feeling vulnerable and unsafe, mother of pearls, shells and pearls are a good friend to keep around you. Adopted children and adults, as well as children who end up in foster homes who feel abandoned or unsafe due to childhood upheavals, can benefit from the presence of items made of shells, mother of pearls and pearls.
How to use pearls: You may use your pearls as jewelry and as prayer beads, and your pearl shells as containers for holding your jewelry and gems. As a general rule, pearls will provide peace, stability and release pain and depression. Pearl is believed to balance the body fluids and even help with hormonal imbalances.
It is believed to help with mood and emotional imbalance – perfect for post-menopausal and menopausal periods. Pearls are also good for young women of puberty age as menstrual cycles begin and to balance the menstrual cycle and the alignment of the fluids in the body. Good for mental, emotional, peace and stability. White pearls bring purity and innocence.
More on Chakra placement: You may place pearls, a string of pearls – a strand of pearls, laid across all the chakras. If you use pearls in this manner, use them in similar color.
Use similar pearls in the same color to place on the midsection of your body, from your Root Chakra all the way up to the Throat, or lay them around the body in strands to form a cocoon around your body.
You may carry a few in a small bag made of natural fibers such as cotton or linen placed under your pillow, especially when feeling grief, pain, struggle, depression, sorrow, sadness and similar experiences.
It is perfect for releasing the memories of pain and sadness and for purifying the body, emotions and mind from trauma and traumatic experiences as the memories persist or return during painful times.
Because of its ability to align the fluids of the body, the sacral plexus where the female reproductive organs are is a good place for placing pearls as well as shells and Mother of pearls on your Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras.
Pearls are also perfect for placement on the upper chakras of the body for balance and for opening to the pure and innocent energies from the Higher Realms.
The pearlescent energy vibrating from pearls is significant to moon and the moon cycle, therefore it is beneficial for women of all ages, especially during menstrual cycle and for young people as such cycles begin, as well as the older women as menopause begins.
Whose favorite is it? Quan Yin , the Goddess of Compassion always appears bedecked in pearls. She especially loves white pearls. She wears a cape that is completely covered in white or off-white pearls.
Every inch of the fabric is inlaid with white pearls. She also wears it on her head, her Crown or head dress. Mother Mary is another deity who favors pearls and offers pearls to her beloved children for the purpose of healing and removal of pain.
Do’s and don’ts: Pearls tend to scratch easily. Some dyed pearls are not water resistant and they bleed color, they are not colorfast. Make sure your pearls are colorfast before exposing them to water, before immersing them in water.
Pearls are considered soft minerals, therefore keep them in soft cloth when not in use and prevent them from being scratched.