Pearls symbolize the best in us — purity, honesty, wisdom, self-acceptance, and integrity. They add a touch of stateliness to our look and personality. Pearls represent a mirror with its own reflection. They give us a hint as to how we actually appear in the eyes of other people.

Pearls come in a huge spectrum of colors: silvery-white, pinkish-red, golden, grayish, bluish, and black. They give off a characteristic waxy glow.

Some of the most attractive Pearls originate in the warm seas of the Pacific. The world’s largest Pearls producers are situated in Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and California. The most famous cultivated freshwater Pearls come from Spain, China, and Thailand.

cultured pearls

Pearls are made in the interior of the mussels and oysters when hard substance (usually a piece of sand) enters their interior, followed by a secretion of layers of nacre around the irritant. The end result is usually a unique Pearl of magnificent beauty.

The composition of Pearls is about 85 % mineral matter (in fact, calcium carbonate) and 10 to 15 % organic connective tissue. There is also a little bit of water. The formation of a fully grown Pearl takes up to three years, and its value is determined based on size, color, and shape.

Pearls are very soft and can be easily damaged. The Latin expression for Pearl is Pirum, meaning “sphere”, whereas the Romans used the word, Margarita, meaning “an object of unique value and beauty”.

According to the Bible, each of the Apostles was honored with a special crystal. St. Augustine claimed that the Pearl was a symbol of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary. In the 13th century, Pearls were believed to cure mental illness and love sorrow. Pearls were considered to be God’s tears. They are indeed Divine; they are everlasting symbols of modesty, chastity, clarity, love, success, and luck.

Formula: CaCO3

Hardness: 2.5–4.5


In the Japanese culture, Pearls were always highly esteemed and often attributed as good luck charms with strong metaphysical properties.

Pearls stimulate the female, Yin side in every individual. They elevate the spirit and make you feel calm and relaxed. The Pearls symbolism is very characteristic and significant. They start with an unrefined grain of sand, which, in the course of many years, is transformed into an object of unprecedented beauty. With their more than modest beginnings, Pearls represent the pure, uncorrupted heart, and help you make a contact with your unadulterated essence.

White Pearls are a symbol of the clear heart and mind, innocence, and faith. Golden and black Pearls promote abundance and prosperity. Pink Pearls open the heart chakra. Pearls are primarily connected to the solar plexus chakra (Manipura), and accordingly, they are effective for conditions related to this area, for example, improving digestion and immunity, in cases of stomach ulcers, or whenever we need to release the accumulated emotional pains or emotional stress. Pearls are also effective in crystal therapy sessions devoted to treating the eyes and adrenal glands. A Pearl necklace will support any weight loss plan, and warn the wearer of false friendships.

Of all the planets in our Solar system, Pearls are most frequently associated with the Moon and its metaphysical properties. Moon’s energies are indicative of purity, emotionality, and spiritual transformation. Pearls possess many healing qualities of lunar nature, both on the physical and on the mental level.

Pearls are unique in that they give off certain warmth and shine not seen in any other stone or crystal. They are very personal, which means that you should never borrow them or give them to other people. They love light, especially moonlight. They also enjoy the company of moonstones. Pearls belong to the element of water.


For discharging the negative energies accumulated in your Pearls, you should use salt, or, even better, visualization, pendulum or incense smoke. Using moonlight or not so intense sunlight are best methods of their charging.

From the book "The Magical World of Crystals" (Now in Pdf format too) by Olga Rezo. Click Here to subscribe to our mailing list and get a free chapter from this book.


Ahiko says:

Would it be a bad idea to get a pearl ring with the intention of it becoming an heirloom piece to hand down in the family? The article recommends against it.

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