Pearl (Moti)

Pearl (Moti)


Pearl

Lustrous and iridescent, the opulent pearl (Moti in Hindi) is an organic gemstone that has been around for thousands of years. Eternally beautiful, these sophisticated roundels promote wisdom and are formed of calcium carbonate and nacre. Admired for their soft, feminine colors, these gems take years to form within a mollusk and are delicately extracted, revealing some of the most beautiful lustrous beads known to man.

Color: Creamy white to creamy with a hint of yellow and pink
Finger: Worn on the little finger of the dominant hand, with the gemstone touching the body
Neck: Worn as a pendant, with the gemstone touching the body
Metal: Yellow gold and silver make a great combination with the warm notes of the pearl
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

A pearl's nearly spherical shape is what adds charm and value to each gemstone. Every pearl so different in shape and form, gives a sense of uniqueness when set in a piece of jewelry. Birthstone for the month of June, these organic pearls are a coveted gemstone represented by the Moon bringing about a surreal calmness. Allowing one's creative side to run free, the pearl is also thought to be a gemstone that brings emotional stability.

Symbolic of purity and loyalty, the luminous appearance of the pearl is what connects this organic gemstone to the ocean and the moon. Linked to many folklore, pearls have been noted to have a positive effect on energies, health and wealth. Birthstone for the month of June, pearls are one of the world’s most popular gems.

  • Allows one to overcome depression and anger
  • Boosts one's will power
  • Believed to overcome insomnia

Once extracted, a pearl must be processed for its luster to come alive. Loved by Maharajas and royalty alike, the pearls quality standards must be met before the gemstone is put out on the market.

A pearls quality is dependent on a number of factors:

Size:Measured in millimeters, the size of the pearl is recorded by its length and width. A medium-sized gem measuring 7mm to 15mm is popularly demanded.

Shape: Although available in a range of different shapes (irregular shapes, symmetrical and even drops), the most popular and valuable are round pearl beads or round pearls.

Color:The color of a pearl is dependent on the mollusk. With warm creamy yellows, pinks, oranges, a pearl also comes in cooler toned blues, greens and violets. The most desirable, however, is creamy pearls boasting an overtone of pinks or yellows with a visible rainbow-like orient (sheen).

Nacre:The pearls nacre is essentially everything we find charming about the pearl. This satin-like appearance that has a rainbow sheen that shines through must be clean and free from surface irregularities.

Luster:Luster is the luminescence seen that is reflected from the pearl. Pearls with almost translucent nacres reveal the best and desirable luster seen in a pearl.

An organic gemstone, pearls are meticulously formed by mollusks and lie at 2.5 - 4.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness. Known for their delicate nature, pearls must not come in contact with chemicals, perfumes, detergents, etc as it can wear away the layers of nacre that form the natural coating of the gem. However keeping this in mind, pearls are a favorite of women and men globally. Their soft tones and lustrous appearance are popular in jewelry but must be worn with caution.

Natural saltwater pearls, South Sea pearls and Basra pearls although available even to this date are increasingly rare and often sold at the auctions for their skyrocketing prices.

Most of the pearls on the market today are a result of pearl farming also called cultured pearls. For gems used in astrology, cultured pearls in the Mabé variety (semi spherical pearls), Tahitian pearls (dark, greyish purple pearls) and South Sea (peachy, sunny colored pearls) are a popular choice.

The value and price of a cultured pearl is dependent on its origins and its quality factors. Ranging anywhere between INR 500 to 20,000 a carat.

Shape: Perfectly round pearls that are difficult to culture tend to command higher prices, as it is in fact the rarest shape. Most pearls come with little variations as they are formed naturally by the mollusk
Color: Creamy pearls with an overtone of a pinkish or orangish hue are desirable and command the highest prices as with cultured Tahitian pearls (pearls that from in the Pinctada Margaritifera oyster, producing darker, charcoal like pearly colors), and cultured South Sea pearls (pearls that form in the Pinctada Maxima oyster, producing white and golden pearly colors).
Nacre: A good nacre contributes to a good luster and in turn a better uniform pearl, thereby demanding higher values.

Caring for your Pearl is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasion bath.

When wearing pearl jewelry always keep these factors in mind:

  • Allow the gem to touch the skin
  • Pearls must never come in contact with chemicals like perfume and detergents
  • Pearls should never be stored in extremely dark, dry environments, as the pearl can be leached of its moisture and crack.

A safe way to clean your Pearl jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm water, away from a basin
  • Rinse with clean water in a bowl
  • Wipe dry

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting, but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset.

Do not use any harsh chemicals, not even soap

Jewelry pieces set with enamel and kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.

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