When a pearl is born, it is the result of irritation to the soft body of a mollusk. The sea animal, trying to soothe the stuck sand or speck, nourishes the irritation with a layer of nacre, followed by another and another until the pearl is formed. This is why pearls are considered to be gems of nurturing and nourishment, as their origin is a result of self-nurturing. That’s why it’s no surprise that pearls have a centuries-long reputation for their healing properties, especially in traditional Asian medical systems, and is also why pearls have many metaphysical properties akin to crystals.
Did you know that you can use pearls as you would crystals? Don't look a gift mollusk in the mouth (so to speak)! As spiritual tokens, pearls are said to assist in calming and centering, as well as nurture your faith, loyalty, integrity and purity. Sound familiar? They are also strong symbols of femininity, helping women connect with their "inner goddesses" and obtain the ultimate "feminine energy." Perhaps most importantly, it is said that pearls have specific frequencies of energy vibrations which can re-balance deficiencies in the human body when they are worn, just like gemstones. Different gemstones are used for healing different parts of the body to create balance and provide relief, as pearls do.
In the realm of physical healing, pearls have been used throughout history to help treat the digestive tract, muscular systems and skin. Pearl powder is held to be one of the top tonic herbs for beauty. In fact, Asian royalty have used it for centuries to prevent the development of melanin, which causes dark skin pigmentation due to age and sun exposure. Pearl powder stimulates something called SOD activity, which utilizes powerful SOD antioxidants to help fade colored blemishes, reduce wrinkling and scarring, and even eliminate the occasional pimple. It’s for these reasons and more that the Chinese have relied on the healing properties of the pearl for centuries in treating everything from simple eye ailments to serious heart problems, bleeding, fever and indigestion. To this day, the Chinese still use pearl powder as a skin whitener and a cosmetic, as do many other people around the world. In fact, the pearl is widely considered to be effective in controlling the skin conditions rosacea and acne.
The fame of the pearl as an incredible wellness tool has even spread to hardcore health addicts. Chalkboard Magazine raved about it, "Pearl powder will not only put you en route to flawless skin on the outside, but it will also build precious mineral reserves on the inside. Rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, silica and amino acids, pearl powder can help maintain strong bones and teeth and even help prevent osteoporosis. What’s more? Pearl powder can zen you out. Known as a powerful Shen (spirit) stabilizer, it supports mood stability with its soothing and calming nature. Its spirit-building capabilities can help to relieve the uneasiness, nervousness, anxiety and tension associated with occasional stress, leaving you cool, calm and collected." It’s no wonder that the pearl has gotten a name for itself as "the matrix of life itself" because of these amazing natural properties, elegance and beauty, and body rhythm-balancing abilities.
If you’re looking to follow the more health-oriented rather than the metaphysical route, you don’t have to grab your heirloom pearls. You can get high-quality pearl powder as a dietary supplement and add it to your daily intake. However, if you want to use your pearls akin to the usage of crystals and stones, you will need to decide which kind you’d like.
When the word "pearl" is mentioned, most of us imagine the perfectly round, luminously-white object, there are many different kinds of pearls. And as a result, it should be no surprise that each type of pearl has different properties. For instance, the key factor when evaluating a pearl is not its shape or color, but its surface luster, the brilliance and reflectivity of a pearl. The more brilliant and mirror-like the surface of the pearl is, the higher its quality. A dull or chalky surface indicates an inferior pearl. With that in mind, you'll be able to pick out just the right type of pearl for you:
Mother Of Pearls:
Mother of Pearl, receiving its name from the fact that it is the lining of the shell where pearls can grow, has both traditional and New Age metaphysical and healing lore. In mystical tradition, it’s been used to heighten intuition, psychic sensitivity, and imagination. It is held to attract prosperity, protect from negative influence, and transmute negative energy. It is also very protective and a particularly potent stone of protection for children, just like its namesake suggests. Additionally, a traditional lore use of Mother of Pearl is to purify environments. In the metaphysical tradition, Mother of Pearl is used to access primordial and racial memories. Crystal healing and folklore say that Mother of Pearl is helpful for high blood pressure, dizziness, improving vision, cataracts, and wound healing.
Freshwater & Saltwater Pearls:
Although all pearls have this property, these pearls in particular are credited with a very strong absorbing nature; if a happy person wears these pearls, the pearls will be imbued with happiness. The opposite is also the case, however, in which negative emotions may soak into the pearls. This is why if you feel excessively negative while wearing a pearl, it might have that kind of energy and need to be cleansed.
If used properly, lessen stress and its resulting maladies: hypertension, headaches, and exhaustion. It also may help to prevent heart attacks and strokes, assist in digestion and reduce the chance of developing ulcers. There are all kinds of ways to use pearls alongside your powerful gemstones, so you can pair their energy together.
Unsurprisingly, pink pearls work especially well with the Heart Chakra. Wear them close to your heart, as part of your Heart Chakra meditation, and in conjunction with other Heart Chakra-centric crystals for incredible Anahata results.
Abalone pearls are also known as abalone shells, and are beautiful colors that encourage feelings of love, beauty, gentleness, caring, comfort, peacefulness, delight and solace. It is comforting to hold it, and many rub the it as you would a worry stone. People are instantly soothed by its beautiful colors.
It’s also very soothing for the body. Abalone shells are used for patterns of liver heat with such symptoms as headache, dizziness, spasms of the limbs, and various conditions of the eyes. Abalone strengthens the structure of the body and the functions of the Heart Chakra. They are also useful for athletes to help build and protect muscle tissue, strengthening the heart, and helping with digestion. Nicknamed the "sea ears," the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers. Use it accordingly.
These are just a few of the many different kinds of pearls; feel free to go forth and experiment with their properties for yourself!