Astrological, Jyotish Pearls
Classification | The Planetary Gems International Co.
purposes, We specialize in natural, freshwater tissue nucleated pearls
and South Sea pearls.
Even though freshwater, tissue
are grown through a culturing process, they are
100% nacre, making them the closest in substance to the naturally
grown, saltwater pearls . A very small
piece of organic tissue
implanted to create the reaction of the oyster. During the pearl growth,
this tissue nucleus (which is less than 1mm) dissolves. What we
get is basically a 100% nacre pearl, without any foreign substance or core.
Natural saltwater pearls (not cultivated) are a rare event in the gem
market. Truly expensive in sizes over 6mm, they are not readily available.
And the few available in the market place,
are the odd baroque shapes, with round shapes very rare. They
should be accompanied by a certificate from a reputable, independent gem lab, stating the
naturalness of the pearl. Do not trust dealers that will tell you that a pearl
is a natural saltwater, without an independent gem lab certificate.
Beware of Indian certificate.
South Sea Pearls
are gorgeous, lustrous pearls that can
reach up to 18-20mm in size. The latest technology uses a
very small glass bead as core. The
natural nacre is aanywhere from 70% to
90% of the whole pearl.
They are expensive over 14mm round sizes.
Caution: Japanese Akoya,
saltwater pearls (the ones that we most see in jewelry stores as
white strands) are cultured pearls, and even though very
beautiful and super lustrous, they are not suitable for astrological purposes. The reason
is that they contain a large glass bead core. Hard to believe, the pearl
nacre that the oyster produces around the bead is less than 1mm (anywhere between 0.2mm to 0.8mm) of the total diameter...
Basically not enough pearl substance to have a
significant astrological impact on the body.
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