Mother of Pearl was discovered as far back as 500 – 600 AD. Often used in art, mother of pearl made its appearance in jewelry and other adornments in later years. Many tribes and cultures that first possessed mother of pearl valued the oysters more than the pearls. Early history depicts polynesians using the pearls as marbles.
The mother of pearl is not a stone but a by-product of the oyster. The luster of a pearl is formed within the oyster shell, created by a combination of calcium carbonate and conchiolin. Mother of pearl oysters are often found in warm, tropical seas.
There is much lore surrounding the mother of pearl. Many believe the pearl can heal wounds. Because the pearl is made of calcium and our bodies use calcium, this could have some validity. Many believe that used as a powder, the pearl improves eyesight and lessens the effects of cataracts. Some believe that those who wear the pearl will grow in faith.
Wearing mother of pearl enhances confidence, decision-making ability, and creativity. The lore of mother of pearl says that your ability to focus will be enhanced. At one time it is thought that those who actually swallowed a pearl would live to be immortal.
Mother of pearl brings purity and clarity to your life when you are wearing it. Known as a gem that reflects a mothers love, it brings protection to the mother who wears it.