Cultured Pearl

(kʌltʃərd pɜːrl)
Main Origins:
Japan, Indonesia, Tahiti, Myanmar, the United States, Australia, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand.

What is Cultured Pearl?

Cultured Pearl in an Oyster Shell

Cultured Pearls share the chemical composition of Natural Pearls with the main difference being that the former results from human intervention in Pearl farms. They are found in both freshwater and saltwater mollusks and come in a variety of shapes and colors. 

Technically, Cultured Pearls may be bead-nucleated and tissue-nucleated. They may take between 10 months to 4 years to develop based on the mollusks and other geographical conditions. 

Whether you know Cultured Pearls as Loose Pearls or Nucleated Pearls, they are eco-conscious gems that help to meet the high demands of pearl jewelry without affecting the natural balance.

Fun Fact: All pearls are natural and biologically-made by pearl-bearing oysters and not laboratories. Therefore, they also share most metaphysical properties. 

Cultured Pearl Metaphysical Properties & Benefits

Cultured Pearl is popularly seen in white, cream, gray, yellow, gold, silver, and iridescent colors. So, they balance the Crown, Solar Plexus, Root, Lunar Star, Solar Star Chakras, and Stellar Gateway Chakras. These chakras help with fertility, enlightenment, wealth, protection, success, and spirituality.

As there are Cultured Pearls in many more colors, shapes, and sizes, they also activate the Sacral, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Earth Star Chakras. As a result, this stone enhances your intuition, opens your perspective, brings harmony, and fills you with compassion. 

Did you know that Venus and the Moon govern the organic gem, Pearl? They are responsible for reproductive healing, beauty, strength, calmness, and spirit contact.

This astrological connection links Cultured Pearls to the Goddess Aphrodite, making them ideal for Gemini and Cancer zodiac signs, promoting balance, kindness, wealth, and love. 

The element of Water is activated with peace, letting go, renewal, and spiritual awakening. Hence, keeping Pearl in the Northwest and North areas fosters protection and divine guidance.

The cultured variety of the organic gem also draws powers from deities like Boreas, the Greek Wind God; Krishna, the Hindu Love God; and Isis, the Egyptian Fertility Goddess.

According to numerology, the numbers 7 and 3 are linked to Cultured Pearls, symbolizing spiritual awareness, success, luck, and joy.

Cultured Pearl Healing Properties & Benefits

 Harmony and Balance

  • If you’re looking for emotional support, peace, or balance, try the Mabe, Potato, or Button Cultured Pearl variety. They stop negative self-talk. 
  • Make a crystal spray to mist all over you when you feel like you need a harmony boost. To do this, you can indirectly infuse crystals by keeping them next to a glass of water for 4 to 6 hours. 


  • For those battling with dilemmas, confusion, and overthinking, Tahitian, Scallop, and Petrol Cultured Pearl varieties offer the perfect solution. You’ll find them ideal for making the right choice when kept on the dominant side. 
  • Hold your organic gem for a few minutes under the sun while meditating on your intentions. It will help clear your mind and make the right decision. 


  • A little-known effect of Farmed Pearls is they clear blockages from the feminine reproductive system. You can use Scarlet Red, Baroque, Semi-Baroque, and Rice Pearl varieties to amp up fertility and libido. 
  • Make an elixir with your Pearl by placing it next to a glass of water for a few hours and consuming it throughout the day. For the best effects, use it when you’re ovulating.

Compassion and Kindness 

  • Understanding others is easier with Mabe, Blister, and Button Farmed Pearl varieties because they open the Heart Chakra. You can also use them to enhance empathy by connecting to energies around you. 
  • Place your gem inside a transparent mason jar and top it with sacred objects, like lotus, daisies, lavender, and cilantro. Finally, tie its mouth with a baby pink ribbon while chanting your intention with this spell jar.


  • Does rage or anger often throw your mood off-kilter? In such cases, using Tahitian, Petrol, or Blister Cultured Pearl, as a worry stone can calm your nerves and soothe you to comfort. 
  • Light a candle and hold your Pearl safely at a close distance for a minute or two whenever you feel full of rage or regret. Or charge it with Fire energy this way and carry it with you. 

Cultured Pearl Spiritual Properties & Benefits

a happy and dancing woman

Psychic Protection

  • A few types of Cultured Pearl varieties, like Sea of Cortez, Tahitian, and Melo Melo, create cocoons of protection around you when charged correctly. 
  • The best way to use your organic gem for repelling psychic attacks is by keeping it in the center of your home after chanting your intention into the gem for a few minutes. 

Renewal and Success 

  • Looking for a push of luck or transformation? Get a Keshi, Rice, or Sea of Cortez Pearl variety to enhance your career, academics, or business. Psychics say it clears obstacles in your path. 
  • Set up a crystal grid in your working space or the Feng Shui direction of the South, surrounded by other success and renewal crystals, like Citrine, Green Aventurine, Pyrite, or Jade. 

Angelic Connection

  • Sometimes, divine intervention is the best solution to all of life’s issues. If that’s what you’re looking for, check out Tahitian, Petrol, or Blister Pearl varieties. 
  • Soak in a gem bath under the moonlight while meditating on your intention to connect with guardian angels and spirits. You can pour a glass of indirectly made gem elixir into your bathtub for this. 


  • The path to spiritual awakening and enlightenment takes ages, if not crucial experiences. But you can take a shortcut to your destiny with Akoya, Biwa, and Baroque or Semi-Baroque varieties.
  • The best way to charge your gem for enlightenment is by placing it next to a healthy plant for an hour or two. This will charge your gem with Zen gardening and ready it for awakening.

Abundance and Wealth

  • Are you looking for gems to attract prosperity or money? South Sea, Golden South Sea, and Scallop varieties are excellent when charged and placed in your purse or wallet.
  • Chant this affirmation while holding your gem close to your lips to activate it for abundance and wealth, “I am deserving of abundance, and wealth comes naturally to my endeavors.”

Side Effects of Cultured Pearl

  • Superiority: Spending time with Cultured Pearls without grounding yourself once a day may give you a false sense of superiority. 
  • Risky Behavior: Some people may feel a high rush of passion due to loss of inhibitions, increasing a type of unhinged behavior. 
  • Workaholic Nature: When Pearl makes you serious about work, it can turn you into a workaholic. 


Cultured Pearl Meaning: What Does Cultured Pearl Symbolize?

numerous hands holding small plants depicting prosperity

The meaning of Cultured Pearl is renewal.

Did you know that culturing or farming Pearls isn’t such a new thing? It goes back to 1893 Japan and was started by Kokichi Mikimoto. Mikimoto perfected the technique of culturing Pearls out of concern for the declining Pearl population.

Most of Mikimoto’s initial Pearls weren’t perfectly round but semi-spherical as he used to culture them against the shell or mantle. It was in 1907 that his skills reached the zenith with the first round Cultured Pearls. 

Mikimoto faced considerable backlash while popularizing Cultured Pearls. He opened his first store in Tokyo in 1899, followed by outlets in London, New York, Paris, and other major cities by the 1930s. 

In Japan, Cultured Pearls are a symbol of purity, elegance, and prosperity. Around the world, Farmed Pearls also stand for renewal, transformation, and harmony. 

Types of Cultured Pearl Crystals

  • Akoya Pearl: This is the Saltwater variety of Cultured Pearls farmed in Vietnam, China, and Japan with the perfectly round shape. Use them for beauty, enlightenment, and passion.
  • Mabe Pearl: They are also called Half Pearls because the nucleus is attached to the shell of the Oyster to create a flat back. Most Mabe Pearls in the world are cultured and ideal for inviting vibrations of tranquility, wisdom, and compassion. 
  • South Sea Pearl: The most expensive Cultured Pearls farmed out of the South Sea constitute this variety. They are small and exist in white, cream, gold, and silver hues.
  • Golden South Sea Pearl: A variety of Cultured South Sea Pearls, this refers to golden varieties that are large and signify prosperity, abundance, success, and luck.
  • Sea of Cortez Cultured Pearl: Cultured Pearls from the Sea of Cortez or the Gulf of California in Mexico constitute this variety. They are the rarest and a black Cultured Pearl variety. Use them for psychic protection, harmony, and renewal.
  • Tahitian Pearl: Cultured Pearls from French Polynesia (and not Tahiti) are produced by the black lip oyster and may be green, black, blue, or purple. Use this variety for angelic connection, universal consciousness, decisiveness, calmness, and decisiveness.
  • Biwa Pearl: Originally referring to Pearls from Lake Biwa in Japan, these also include those gems farmed from elongated mollusks today. They may consist of stick and cross-shaped Pearls and are extremely lucky, protective, and enlightening. 
  • Keshi Pearl: This refers to Cultured Pearl without a nucleus and hence is also known as the non-nucleated variety. They are also made wholly of nacre, exhibiting a high luster and many colors like white, silver, golden, etc. Use them for transformation, renewal, and spiritual awakening. 
  • Blister Pearl: When Pearls are farmed with the nucleus attached to the inside part of the shell, Blister Pearls form with a flat base. They are good for compassion, sharing, success, angelic contact, tranquility, and protection. 
  • Scarlet Red Pearl: A unique type of Cultured Pearl with a glossy red hue, this type of organic gem is ideal for grounding, passion, fertility, and balance.
  • Petrol Pearl: The blue variety of Cultured Pearls are called Petrol Pearls and open the Throat and Third Eye Chakras. Use them for clarity, angelic contact, manifestation, and decisiveness. 
  • Melo Pearl: Also known as Melo Melo Pearl, these are the Orange Cultured Pearls. They are good for fertility, strength, detox, and renewal.
  • Potato Pearl: Cultured Pearls of irregular shapes, like potatoes, form this variety. These Pearls are seen in more than one color and signify harmony and kindness. 
  • Baroque and Semi-Baroque Pearl: Another variety of irregularly-shaped Cultured Pearls, mostly non-spherical types, constitute this variety. They are great for intelligence, enlightenment, tranquility, and fertility. 
  • Rice Pearl: Cultured Rice Pearls that are elongated, like a grain of rice, form this type and are also known as Seed Pearls. They are great for nourishment, recovery, fertility, success, abundance, and renewal. 
  • Scallop Pearl: Cultured Pearls from Scallops constitute this variety. They are good for vitality, health, decisiveness, and abundance.
  • Button Pearl: Cultured Pearls have a flat and curved surface, like a button. They are great for studs and symbolize harmony, beauty, and passion. Their flatter variety is called Coin Pearl. 

How to Cleanse Cultured Pearl?

White sage smudge sticks in a box with a selenite crystal on the table

  • Moonlight: Stand under the full moon and visualize the Moon’s healing energies cleaning your Pearl from the negativity it absorbed.
  • Selenite: Circle the pointed end of a Selenite Wand over your Pearl thrice to cleanse it quickly. 
  • Seed Mantra: Chant the seed mantra “VAM” while holding the sacred gem repeatedly for a minute to reset its healing energies.

Answers and Questions

What is the Difference Between Cultured and Natural Pearls?

The biggest difference between Cultured Pearls from natural ones is they have a thinner nacre. It is easily noticeable against bright light sources as the cultured variety appears with a solid nucleus and a thin exterior. 

Can You Wash Cultured Pearls?

Yes, you can wash Cultured Pearls, as getting them wet doesn’t damage them.

How are Cultured Pearls Made?

Cultured Pearls are made by inserting an irritant, commonly a tissue or bead, into a mollusk, such as an oyster or mussel. The mollusk then secretes a nacre around the foreign matter, resulting in the Pearl. 

Are Cultured Pearls Safe in the Sun?

Yes, Cultured Pearls are safe under the sun for short periods. However, prolonged exposure can degrade their luster.

What to Look for When Buying Cultured Pearls?

The most important things to keep in mind when buying Cultured Pearls are:

  • High Luster
  • Smooth Surfaces
  • Minimal Blemish
  • Uniformity of Shape and Color
Are Cultured Pearls Real or Fake?

Cultured Pearls are real Pearls. They form biologically from mollusks, like Natural Pearls, with the only difference being human intervention.

What Stones Go Well with Cultured Pearls?

The best stones that go well with Cultured Pearls are Emerald, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli, Peridot, and Amethyst.

Do Cultured Pearls Fade?

No, Cultured Pearls don’t fade or get scratched, just like Natural Pearls.

Are Cultured Pearls Freshwater or Saltwater?

Cultured Pearls form in both freshwater and saltwater. For instance, Chinese Pearls are Freshwater, while Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea Pearls are cultured in saltwater.

Can You Wear Cultured Pearls Every Day?

Yes, you can wear Cultured Pearls daily. That said, wearing them after putting on makeup and perfume is better. 

Do Cultured Pearls Have Any Resale Value?

Yes, Cultured Pearls have a good resale value when they are large, perfectly round, and show other high-quality characteristics. However, they aren’t as pricey as their natural counterparts.

How Long Do Cultured Pearls Last?

Cultured Pearls last a lifetime, just like Natural Pearls with adequate care.

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