Basra Pearl Gemstones
A pearl is a solid object composed of calcium carbonate which is secreted by an oyster after it encounters an irritant. However, natural pearls, though rarely found, are considered the most flawless of pearls. In this case, oysters (which are shelled invertebrates) secrete bigger pearls naturally, with microscopic irritants. Natural pearls are especially found in the Indian Ocean, and are also known as Basra pearl. They have a beautiful rainbow-like shimmer which made them one of the most prized gemstones during ancient times. Arabian, Chinese and Indian texts report instances of 'pearl divers' who would go pearl hunting – finding a basra pearl was very rare and very difficult. Today, sea pearl jewellery – necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets, etc. is still extremely popular, though less priced than before because of pearl farming.
The Basra pearl – moti in the Hindustani language, has been revered in India for its beauty, medicinal value and healing effects for thousands of years. Because of its resemblance, it's associated with the Moon, the deity who rules over the water element, and the embodiment of female energy. The basra pearl is noted for its light scattering effects and its purity. It's tied to the Zodiac sign Cancer, and to the Swathisthana chakra.
Cultured pearl farming involves infusing freshwater molluscs with an irritant to simulate pearl secretion. Cultured pearl gemstones are essentially the same as natural ones, and have helped to enhance the popularity of the modern pearl. There are many kinds of pearls, and south sea pearls and basra pearls are considered the best and the largest the world over. White, yellow and golden south sea pearls are the eternal favourite, and can be worn with a variety of jewellery, rings and stones. Wholesale production and marketing of south sea pearls is a near-Chinese venture today; though other countries have also taken it up.
Before Buying Basra Pearls
Indian Name: Moti
Hardness: Around 3 on Mohs scale
Cosmic Color: Orange
Chakra: Swathisthana chakra
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Things to look for in a real basra pearl stone:
Rainbow-like lustre, near-perfect reflection.
Coherent and flawless texture without dents or scratches.
A relatively high specific gravity.
Pearls can have flaws!
Cracks or ridges - wearing a dented or cracked pearl gemstonecould be detrimental to health.
Look out for thin, wavy lines on your pearl's surface
Any formation on the surface layer of the pearl is supposed to bring sadness.
Sources and availability:
Basra Pearl gemstones are found in Sri Lanka, Bay of Bengal, Australia, Japan. Cultured farming routinely occurs in China.
Pearl gemstones are most popularly worn as gold and silver pendants, necklaces, rings, stones and bracelets. They can be pure white or yellow.
Take Care of Your Pearl:
After you buy a pearl stone, you must remember that the pearl is a soft, easily eroded gemstone that is highly sensitive to chemicals – especially 'cleaning' agents like ammonia and vinegar. A pearl is basically calcium carbonate – so acidic solutions should be never be used to clean it. The best way to keep it from wearing is an occasional wipe with a slightly wet, soft piece of cloth.
How to wear your basra pearl:
Only a gem expert or a Chakra practitioner can guide you about the proper basra pearl stone to buy; every wearer has a unique range of symptoms and illnesses.
Silver rings, gold rings, pendants, necklaces, stones and bracelets are the best ways to use a basra pearl stone – whether white or yellow