There mother of pearl , also known as abalone , is one of the most sought-after precious materials by man: it is in fact used not only for the production of jewels, but also in other fields, such as the creation of some musical instruments. But what are the features of this element, where it originates and, above all, what the meaning associated with mother-of-pearl over the centuries?
Below is some information on abalone, such as the physical characteristics, the minerals that compose it, the origin of the material and the meanings that, even within the crystal therapy have always been associated with what is considered to all intents and purposes a precious stone.
By mother of pearl - also known as abalone, from the common name of some of the molluscs from which it is derived - we mean a solid material and valuable, used both for the production of jewels than in other sectors, including the creation of musical instruments. As already mentioned, it is extracted from the internal portion of the seashell of different clams gastropods of the genus Haliotis - also known as abalones, abalones or abalones - or from bivalves such as the Pinctada maxima and the Pinctada margaritifera . Generally speaking, the mother-of-pearl obtained from the bivalves has one pearly color , while abalones often produce a material from iridescence colored, with shades of yellow, green and blue.
This precious element is composed of crystals of aragonite superimposed, linked together by conchiolina and water. The composition is practically the same as the pearls, the arrangement of the crystals varies. In this way a solid, pearly material is obtained, with colored iridescences due to the large quantity of aragonite, with a shiny and brilliant appearance. The mother of pearl, despite its solidity, can however be prone to scratches and breaks, so it must be stored with some care.
There are many uses that man has made of mother of pearl, in addition to those already listed. It is used in the art for inlays, in furniture to decorate furniture, in the jewelry store for the creation of jewels and buttons, in mosaics, for the creation of some parts of musical instruments and much more.
Over the centuries, the most varied meanings have been associated with mother of pearl. In ancient times it was connected to divinity , so much so that one of the names of this material is precisely that of "tear of the gods". Again, abalone is associated with the tranquility and mystery of the ocean, given the colorful shades that recall the movement of water both on the surface and breaking on the sand. For this very reason, it is often a symbol of calm and balance: jewels made of mother of pearl or abalone are donated before starting an important phase of one's existence, such as a new job, a marriage or the birth of a child. So long as Precious stone, it is also associated with elegance and refinement.
Within crystal therapy this stone is used to find balance in emotions, to stimulate a sense of calm, but also to reinvigorate femininity and influence the distribution of calcium in the body. It facilitates the relationship with oneself, stimulates well-being in social relationships and, finally, encourages peace of mind and inner peace.