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pearlsMost pearls today are cultured.  Marine and freshwater mollusks (oysters and mussels) are collected and a small shell bead placed inside.  The mollusks are then returned to the water where they make the pearl.  Layers of calcium carbonate are secreted, coating the piece of shell, to form a spherical, oblong, or irregular-shaped pearl. 

It takes roughly 3 to 7 years for mollusks to produce a single pearl. The color of the pearl varies depending on the type of mollusk.  (The oysters and mussels that make the pearls are not related to the edible varieties of oysters and mussels.)

Most natural and cultured freshwater pearls are found in the waters of Japan, China, and the South Seas, however many are harvested along the coasts of Australia and the rivers of Austria, France, Scotland, and Ireland. Cultured freshwater pearls are also grown along the Mississippi River in the United States.

 Healing Properties of Pearls

Some healers use pearls to help balance body rhythms and hormone levels with lunar cycles, and to harmonize human beings with the natural world.  The inner glow of pearls is thought to tap inner-wisdom and nurture love.  Pearls are also believed to signify innocence and faith, stimulate spiritual transformation, and encloses you with an aura of calm and beauty.

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