Cancer Birthstone – Pearl

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Pearl fact file

Crystal Structure: orthorhombic
Chemical Composition: Aragonite ( calcium carbonate ) platelets held together by conchiolin
Hardness: 2.4 – 4.5 MOHs

Refractive Index: 1.53-1.69
Colors: white with pink tones, tan, yellow, brown, gray, black with a purple or green luster

A Cardinal sign with Water as its element, Cancer, the crab, loves to explore the deep and wide range of emotions. Highly generous and sensitive, they can also be prone to many excesses and extremes.

Pearl, the cancer birthstone, strengthens mental faculties, calms emotions and helps in attaining stability & equilibrium of mind. Pearls are also considered a powerful aphrodisiac.

Cleopatra was said to have dissolved a pearl in wine to seduce Mark Antony.It is a common custom for brides to wear a pearl nose-ring and necklace for the wedding ceremony. This is believed to ensure a happy conjugal life and protection from widowhood. It also provides vitality and wisdom. This is normally shiny white in colour. Pearl or Moti is used to remove the evil effects of Moon and it strengthens the mind force, increases good sleep and cures insomnia. It also gives better memory, cures uterine disorders, heart and eye troubles, as also is helpful in host of other diseases like TB, constipation, hysteria, pleurisy, etc. Pearl is very useful for ladies as it increases their facial lustre, thereby enhancing their beauty and will keep them ever young. It controls the rash temperament, as it is a cold gem. It also increases sexual strength and makes the conjugal life happy. Removes melancholy and increases fortune. Will protect from harm from others, inspires love and faithfulness and overall ensures a happy married life. It should be worn on 4th finger of right hand on Monday with silver. Weight should be 2, 4, 6, 9 grams. Being a cold stone it should be worn during bright nights.

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