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The Journey of Pearls from Depths of the Ocean to Your Heart

By Treeves Subscribe to RSS | January 5th 2012 | Views:

Promises are meant to be kept, for they are like precious pearls in an ocean, their value is high and quality genuine and true, and once they are made they can never be broken. That's how we relate to pearls. Cleopatra reportedly dissolved a single pearl in a glass of wine and drank it, to prove that she could consume the wealth of an entire nation in just one meal. They can be a woman's companion and a man's way to a woman's heart. But how is a pearl born? The birth of pearls is a mysterious and fascinating process. A lot of time goes into the process of creation of a pearl. The oyster bed is a natural habitat that must be painstakingly nurtured before a pearl can even be conceived. The cultivation process begins with a core. In natural pearls, this is simply a fragment of shell, fishbone or sand that floats into the shell of pearl oyster. To protect itself from this irritant, the oyster secretes thousands of layers of nacre, thereby forming a pearl. Isn't that trancing?

Pearls are of various types, The Akoya pearl is born from the Japanese Akoya oyster. The entrancing South sea culture pearls are by oysters called Pinctada Maxima, which are quite big, and live in the warmer waters of the South Seas, as well as off the coast of Australia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. These warm, natural golden color of the gold colored pearls are said to be even rarer than gold itself. Black pearls take their origin from the black-lipped pearl oysters of Pinctada Maxima. These exotic pearls are also blue, green, violet in color and sometimes even in a combination of these colors. Can you believe that it would take around 12 years of harvesting to collect enough pearls to make just one single necklace? My Goodness..I just can't imagine the patience level of harvestors. Then comes the fresh water cultured pearls which are exclusively cultivated in the lakes of china. The Conch pearls are the only one of their kind having the appearance of a flame burning on its surface.

Pearls come in every possible shade that you can imagine. But pure pearls have around five shades of colors. There are Black pearls, Gold pearls, White pearls, Pink pearls and and Lavender pearls. Different pearls types vary in their luster, shades and even sizes. However each pearl is unique with its own charm and wonder. But did you know that pearls can be powdered and used internally and also applied topically? Oh yes. It's very much true. When used internally Pearl Powder is believed to to: Detoxify the system; Clean and clear the skin; Remove age and liver spots on the skin; Give the skin a younger appearance; Adjust the body energy; Calm the liver; Relieve stress from the mind; Treat sore throat; Adjust the nerve system; Regulate the metabolism; Improve eyesight; Treat insomnia; and Energize the body. It is also believed to speed up bone development and promote intelligence in babies when pregnant women take it.

Pearls lie not on the seashore. If thou desirest one thou must dive for it. Thus goes a Chinese proverb.. Thousands of years back, long before history was written man first discovered pearl while searching for food. In the 1930s, the divers who were mostly Japanese would begin their diving ritual by downing a bottle of port after which they would be lowered under water to spend hours searching for oysters. They used to struggle inside and scoop out oysters panicking for they were paid for the amount of Shell collected. A lot of divers have lost their lives during this process. Thanks to the commercial pearl culturing farms, where good healthy oysters are seeded and pearls are harvested within two years. Recently I happened to watch a program on pearl diving which was aired on TV through one of the Dish Network Offers that I got. It's undeniably one of the high priced and sought-after gems.

Treeves - About Author:
Tina is a freelancer and loves pearls. Her hobbies include reading about pearls and watching favorite programs on her TV that is connected to Dish Network Offers.

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