Pearl is purely organic made of Calcium Carbonate, CaCO3. pearls—natural and cultured—occur in a wide variety of colors. 

black pearl stone
basra pearl


Pearl is an organic, white to bluish grey colored, precious gemstone produced inside the body of a living organism called ‘Mollusc’. This gemstone have a strong astrological significance in the Vedic astrology and is worn to pacify planet Moon (चंद्रमा) in the wearer’s birth chart. Western astrology suggests Pearl birthstone for those born in the month of June.

Who Should You Wear a Pearl Gemstone?

According to the Indian astrology, Pearl (meaning Moti in Hindi) is associated with the auspicious planet Moon. Wearing Pearl helps to strengthen Moon in the wearer’s horoscope and blesses them with peace, mental stability, positivity and good health.

  • Vedic astrology prescribes Moti ratna for Karka (Cancer) rashi.
  • Western astrology recommends Pearl birthstone for Cancer sign (कर्क राशि).
  • Ascendants of Leo (सिंह राशि), Aries (मेष राशि), Scorpio (वृश्चिक), Sagittarius (धनु राशि) and Pisces (मीन राशि) can also wear Pearl gemstone to gain good results.

How to Wear Pearl?

WeightMinimum 1/10th of the body weight. E.g. a person weighing 50 Kgs can wear a 5 carat stone.
FingerThe little finger (कनिष्ठा) of the working hand.
Day & TimeMonday, early morning between 5-7 am.
Mantra & Chanting Times‘Om Son Sonmay Namaha’, ॐ सों सोमाय नमः । (108 times)

Pearl Benefits

Pearl gem have a strong, centuries old reputation for its high aesthetics, unique metaphysical properties and healing abilities. This gemstone is notably featured in the ancient texts of India, Rome, China and Egypt. From Egypt’s Cleopatra to actress Angelina Jolie, Pearl is always worn as a symbol of class and elegance throughout the centuries. Regarded as ‘The Queen of Gems’ – Pearl is addressed by different names in different countries and cultures such as ‘Tarak Ratna (तारक रत्न)’ or ‘Chandra ratna (चंद्र रत्न)’ in Hindi, ‘Mukta (मुक्ता)’ in Sanskrit and ‘Margarita stone’ in Latin.

  • Supports Anger Management – According to the Vedas – Moon rules emotions. Hence, its gemstone, Pearl is often recommended to the people who find difficulty in controlling their anger. Wearing Pearl benefits such individuals to stay calm, composed and positive.

  • Brings Clarity in Thoughts – Astrologers believe that wearing pearl gemstone benefits people in the professions where deep concentration, high confidence and better self-expression is highly required. Success in creative and artistic pursuits are regarded as some important benefits of wearing Moti gemstone.

  • Improves Maternal Relationship – Since Moon is associated with the mother in the Vedic astrology, wearing Chandra Ratna – Moti benefit the health of native’s mother and strengthen their mutual bonding.

  • For Healthy Eyes, Skin & Heart – According to the ancient texts, wearing a natural Pearl benefits the native to get relief from water-borne diseases. It is said that the positive energies of Pearl stimulate the water balance in the body and thereby helps the wearer to gain clean youthful skin, bright eyes and robust circulatory system.

Pearl Quality

The quality of a natural Pearl depends largely on its origin, body-color, surface texture, luster and shape (also called orientation). Buy the best quality Pearls to make the most of your shopping.

  • Origin – The best quality Pearls are sourced from the coast of South India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Persian Gulf, Myanmar, Mexico and Venezuela. Pearls found in the Basra city of Persian Gulf (traded as Basra Pearl) are considered most valuable because of their immense rare and strong historical significance. South Sea pearls from India, ‘Kahil Moti’ from Sri Lanka, Mikimoto Pearls and Akoya Pearls of Japan are relatively less precious but quite popular in the gems and jewellery industry.

  • Pearl Color – Pearl color and overtones depend on the type of Mollusc that produces them. The rarer and purer is the Pearl colour, the more valuable is the gemstone. Generally, a pure white Natural Pearl with slight rosy overtone is considered the most valuable variety. Cream colored pearl serves as the second most preferred choice. Due to the distinct color, the deep golden and black pearl stone are considered rarer and valued accordingly.

  • Lustre – Pearl is composed of layers of a hardened organic substance called Nacre that produces a surface glow when light passes through its layers. The high-quality Pearl with thick nacre layer often displays a luminous lustre and are considered quite desirable. In contrast, the average-quality pearl with poor nacre appears too white, dull and chalky in appearance.

  • Surface Perfection – According to the Pearl experts, the tiny marks and the subtle blemish on Pearl’s surface proof its genuine origin. Theses blemishes result from the drifts and jerks occurred inside the Mollusc’s body during the Pearl formation. The presence of fewer surface flaws and imperfection denotes a superior quality and a more valuable pearl.

  • Shape – Pearls are natural organic gemstones, so can occur in any possible shape which makes this gemstone both interesting and one-of-a kind. Generally, the round and near-round Pearl are rare and considered most valuable. Pearl in symmetrical shape is always preferred over the ones in baroque shapes.

Pearl Prices

Pearl stone price vary with the quality and size of the gemstone. The quality of the Pearl is often determined by the factors such as its type, color, surface perfection, lustre and shape. The availability and demand of certain type and shades also create a difference in the Moti ratna price in the international market. Currently, Pearl price in Indian starts fromRs 1100 per carat ($15 approx.) and can reach as high as Rs 2.5 lakh per carat ($3075 approx.) and above. Real pearl price in other countries like the UK, USA and UAE may vary depending upon its supply and demand ratio.

  • Origin & Types – Pearls are broadly of two types – ‘the naturally formed – Natural Pearl’ & the ‘manually produced – Cultured Pearl’. Due to its immense rarity, strong astrological relevance and high demand, Natural pearl value 10 times more than the Cultured Pearl. Amongst various origin varieties of Natural Pearl, the natural Basra Moti price remains substantially high because of its historical importance. Other exotic varieties such as the Tahitian pearl and Mabe Pearl may also receive a high value in the market for its beauty and rarity. South Sea Pearl is often considered quite cheap & affordable because they are easily available. Freshwater pearl that cost around Rs 200 per carat and serves as the cheapest option but possesses no astrological significance.

  • Shape – It is very hard to find a perfectly round Pearl. Therefore, the round the pearl, the more valuable it becomes. The distorted, pear or baroque shaped Pearl are more easily available and relatively cheaper. Due to its immense rarity, Basra pearls are considered quite valuable even in unsymmetrical shapes.

  • Lustre and Surface Quality – Generally, the fewer and smaller are the imperfection, more valuable is the pearl. Due to its organic formation, minor flaws don’t create a significant price difference. Pearl with brilliant luster deserves a higher value whereas dull and milky pearl are priced cheaply.

  • Color – Pearl cost remains high for the white gems with slight rosy overtone. Creamy golden south sea or the Tahitian black pearl price also lies on the higher side because of their dark exotic color. The presence of yellowish or greenish overtone may create a reduction in the pearl’s overall worth.

  • Carat Weight – Size bears a huge impact on the pearl price per carat. Large size pearls are expensive than a similar smaller pearl because it takes a longer time in its formation. Hence, the larger is the pearl, the higher is its value.
  • Treatment – The chemically treated, bleached or coated pearls are inexpensive and bear no astrological value. There are usually recommended for making imitation jewellery and fashion accessories. We always recommend buyers to choose an untreated and unheated Natural Pearl or Cultured Pearl to ensure maximum positive results in life.


Q) What is the difference between a Natural Pearl and South Sea Pearl? 

A) Natural Pearl refers to the rare variety formed accidentally inside the organism’s body, without any human intervention. Such specimens are quite valuable hence doesn’t fit in every budget. South Sea Pearl is a savior for such people who can’t afford to wear a precious Natural Pearl. These gems are grown (cultured) inside the body of Mollusk using a manual process. The Pearl formed by any of these methods are considered genuine and can be worn to gain positive results in life.

Q) Are Cultured Pearls synthetic or fake?

A) No, Cultured Pearls are not synthetic. They are produced inside the body of a living Mollusk but by manually inserting an irritant inside the body of a living mollusc to initiate the pearl formation process. This mannered process by which the mother Mollusc conceives a pearl is what draws a line between Natural Pearl and Cultured Pearl. Natural Pearl is formed accidentally by the action of nature when a foreign particle enters the organism’s body. In both the cases, the remaining process of pearl formation is solely done by the metabolism of living mollusk. On exterior grounds, there is no significant difference between a natural pearl and cultured pearl. One can buy Cultured Pearl and can wear it for both astrological as well as jewellery purposes.

At Pinkshop, we have an exquisite collection of Pearl in many varieties at the most reasonable prices. Our helpful gem experts can offer you a helping hand in finding the best pearl gemstone within your considered budget.

Q) How to identify a natural Basra Pearl (Basra ka Moti)?

A) Basra Pearl or Basra ka Moti is regarded as the most significant variety of Pearl gemstone which was produced in the Persian Gulf, decades ago. Currently, no production of Natural Pearl is carried out in this region. The availability of original Basra Pearl in the market is quite limited, therefore prices are quite high.

One needs to be very careful while purchasing a natural Basra Pearl to the receive best value for money. There is no such eye visible identification criteria to recognize a real Basra pearl. Gem certification from Bahrain often serves as a valid proof that the gemstone offered to you is a real Basra ka Moti. However, the Bahrain Pearl certificate doesn’t specify the origin. It is often said that the natural Basra Pearl are baroque-shaped, slightly creamish and small in size. 

Q) What is the ideal carat weight of pearl that one can wear to get its astrological benefits?

A) As per the vedic rule, one should wear a natural Basra ka Moti of minimum 1/60th of their body weight to materialize maximum astrological benefits. As Basra Pearl is quite rare and highly precious, one can wear a South Sea Pearl as its alternative but in higher carat weight (1/10th of the body weight in kgs.) to gain closely similar results.

Q) In which metal should I wear Pearl gemstone to gain maximum astrological benefits?

A) According to the sacred Vedic scriptures, Silver is regarded as the most suitable metal for wearing Moti ratna (Pearl) from the astrological perspective. In special cases, the other metals such as gold, white, or panchdhaatu (पंचधातु) can also be recommended depending upon the currently planetary alignments in the wearer’s birth chart.

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