by Birgit E. Schürenberg
Pearls are said to be the world’s oldest known gem. For centuries they were considered the most valuable - so valuable in fact that the Roman General Vitellius reputedly financed an entire military campaign with just one of his mother’s pearl earrings.
It’s been proved that pearls have been used as jewellery for thousands of years. They were one of the earliest gems found by prehistoric man, and the oldest pearl necklace is 4,300 years old. It’s exhibited in the Cairo museum and belonged to the Persian Queen Achemnid. Since then, pearls have been worn by kings, queens, maharajas and emperors.
Pearls represent purity, innocence and integrity and have long been considered as ideal wedding gifts. In the west, fresh-water pearls are the recommended gift for couples celebrating their 1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th wedding anniversaries.
In the Hindu religion, the presentation of an un-drilled pearl and its piercing forms part of the marriage ceremony. In India, pearls were also believed to give peace of mind and strength to body and soul.
Over the years, the Chinese have used pearls for medical reasons to cure eye ailments, heart trouble, indigestion, fever and bleeding. To this day pearl powder is still popular in China as a skin whitener and for cosmetics.
Europeans thought that swallowing whole or powdered pearls cured matters of the mind and heart, and strengthened nerves.
The white pearl symbolises a pure heart and mind and is known as the stone of sincerity. Gold and black pearls are for prosperity. The pink pearl works especially well on the heart, and fresh-water pearls enable you to accept love and help you love yourself.
Pearl water drunk regularly may help with hormonal imbalances especially adrenals and parathyroid. It reduces fever, and chronic migraines and headaches may disappear if pearls are worn directly on the skin. Pearl water may also help with allergies and depression. It has also been used in the treatment of digestive disorders, as it protects the stomach and spleen from inflammation.
Pearls support the intestinal tract and stimulate digestion. They provide vitality and strengthen your eyes. They also help in case of calcium deficiency as pearls contain 90% calcium and are therefore helpful with disorders of the bones and teeth.
Pearls are light bringers and help to detect, analyse and clear problems or blockages. They mainly work on the solar plexus chakra.
Natural pearls have been harvested from the Arabian Gulf, the Indian Ocean, and the Red Sea for thousands of years. The coastal areas of Polynesia and Australia produce mainly cultured pearls.
Both freshwater and saltwater pearls are cultivated in Japan and China. Freshwater pearls occur naturally in the rivers of Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, and the USA.
* For more information about stones and crystals contact Birgit E. Schürenberg (natural therapist, crystal healer, reiki master), General Manager, Ornament Gifts, 205/1 Umm Suqeim Building, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, telephone: 04 3382433 or 050 7959916, fax 04 8846233, email: email@example.com