Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Passion For Pearls

Pearls are the oldest known gem, and for centuries were considered the most valuable. So valuable that the Roman General Vitellius allegedly financed an entire military campaign with just one of his mother's Pearl earrings.
Pearls have been used for personal ornament for thousands of years. They were probably one of the earliest gems found by prehistoric man. Pearls represents purity, innocence and integrity. They have long been considered ideal wedding gifts because they symbolize purity and innocence. In the Hindu religion, the presentation of an un-drilled Pearl and its piercing has formed part of the marriage ceremony. The Chinese used pearls in medicinal ways 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 cosmetic. In India, pearls were believed to give peace of mind and strength of body and soul. Europeans thought that swallowing whole or powdered pearls cured matters of the mind and heart, and strengthened nerves.
Pearl is the June Birthstone. They have long been considered ideal wedding gifts because they symbolize purity and innocence. Traditionally it is practically a requirement for brides. In the west, Pearls are the recommended gift for couples celebrating their third and 30th wedding anniversaries.

The traditional gemstone properties for Pearl are Purity, faith, charity, innocence, integrity, focus, wisdom, spirituality, sincerity, fertility.

Because of their natural beauty, pearls are associated with the matrix of life. Proponents say that the pearl helps balance one's bodily rhythms and hormonal levels with lunar cycles. Some claim that pearls can be used to help tap inner wisdom and to nurture the growth of love.
Pearls are said to have a strong magnetic healing power. Gem therapists believe that pearls strengthen the nerves, adrenal glands, spleen and muscular system.
Pearls are also helpful with stomach ulcers. They support the intestinal tract and stimulate digestion. They also relieve fever and headaches. Pearls provide vitality and strengthen your eyes. They also help in case of calcium deficiency.
Pearls enable one to accept love. It allows the bearer to see the good parts of oneself so you can love yourself and others more. Pearls are also thought to increase fertility and ease the pain of childbirth.

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  1. Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog.

    You asked about substituting ground curry powder for the curry leaves but it will entirely change the flavour of the 'rendang'. However, I do have a good recipe for curry where ground curry power is used and I will notify you when I post the recipe.

    Looking forward to more visits to your blog.

  2. Pearls are so beautiful but I had no idea they had such a rich history. Thanks for the information.

    You have a really cute blog, I will be back later to look around more. Thanks for following, I am following you back.

  3. Thank you Veronica! I will do a more 'extensive' search for the curry leaves then. They have to be somewhere!!

    And 'Thank You', Squirrel Queen for the follow! You and I actually have many of the same things in common after I read your 'about me'


  4. following u back from FF! Feel free to visit me here:
    Life Can't Wait and Up Now and What's Next

  5. Beautiful jewelry! I think the theraputic aspect of pearls is really interesting!

    I am following from Friday Follow.
    Come visit me and enter my drawing for the beautiful baby book. There are only 2 more days in the drawing!

  6. So beautiful! Thank you for following Fugitive Firefly, returning the favor and following you back. Hope you have great day!

  7. found ya on FF, come follow me at
    Thanks Reed

  8. Hi Lisa,

    Love your pictures and blog! Following back from FF. Have a good Mother's Day!


  9. I am following you from Friday Follow.

    Jeanette Huston

  10. Beautiful jewelry!!! Pearl is the valuable gem. Really I also think the curative aspect of pearls is really interesting!