Gems, such as pearl, that are products of plants and animals rather than having a mineral origin are known as organic gems.

Pearls have a calming and nurturing influence. They stimulate imagination, magnify receptivity and increase devotion.  Physically, pearls may improve our skin and benefit the lymphatic system. Pearls strengthen the water element in our bodies. 

Most freshwater and saltwater pearls today are cultivated. Natural pearls are rare and almost non-existent on the market.

South Sea Cultured Pearl
Freshwater Cultured Pearl