Pearl is the astrological gemstone of Moon or Chandra Graha as known in Vedic Literature. Pearl is an organic gemstone and has hardness of 2.5-4.5 on the Mohrs Scale. It has a Specific Gravity of 2.60-2.85 and is primarily known for its luster. Pearl is known as Mukta in sanskrit, Moti in Hindi, Pearl in English and Murabeed in Urdu.
Pearl gemstone is essentially a compound of Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and is commonly referred to as a living gemstone. Pearls are available in different shades from creamy white to golden and from blue, pink to blackish grey. These colors also correspond to the four varnas or types of Pearl that can be classified into. For astrological purposes Pearls are of 3 types viz, Natural, Cultured and Keshi. Each of them works equally effectively and based upon ones budget one may choose the best.
Pearls are cultured in China, India, Burma, Japan, Tahiti, USA and South China Sea. Highest quality Pearls are the South China cultured pearls which are famous for their top notch luster and thick nacre coating. High quality and authentic Pearls are most auspicious and sought after.
Brahmin Varna – Pearls that are creamy white in color belong to the Brahmin Varna and these are the ones that resemble the color of tusks of an elephant or a conch shell. These whitish Pearls are suitable to be worn by those who are engaged in teaching, consultations and other spiritual practices. Wearing such white colored Pearls makes the person very peaceful in nature and gives spiritual inclinations. These pearls are most expensive as the white color is most desirable and round shape makes them even more exquisite.
Kshatriya Varna Pearls that have a reddish hue are known as Kshatriya Pearls. These gems should be worn by those who seek power and position as wearing such gems gives administrative powers. These gems should be worn by people engaged in politics, administration, and bureaucracy and by those who occupy high positions. Wearing such pearls makes a person very active and they become go-getters in life.
Vaishya Varna – Pearls that are deep yellow or golden in color or resembling the color of the gold are the vaishya varna. These gems are suited for those involved in trade, business and those who are self-employed and own some kind of business or organization. These kinds of gems should be worn by people who only seek to amass wealth and are primarily engaged with finances, loans, mortgages and insurance.Such gems have very high prices since there is a saying that whosoever dons a yellow/golden pearl always has Sri Mahalakshmi (Goddess of Wealth & Fortune) by his side. This variety of gem is most sought after their whitish counterparts.
Shudra Varna – Pearls that are blackish grey in color are known as shudra varna and these gems are the cheapest amongst all the Pearls. Such gems are worn by those who are engaged in some kind of service or to people who offer their services and talents on a professional basis. They must be worn by people working in financial institutions. Wearing such Pearls is very helpful for those who seek employment and require stability in life. These gems are very cheap. These pearls can also be worn by those who are born with a combust moon or on amavasya tithi.