History of The Elephant Pearl

Published: 02nd December 2010
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You may not have ever heard of the Elephant Pearl but this particular pearl has a rich history. The Elephant pearl is recovered from the soft tissue pulp that makes up the tusk of the African or Asiatic elephant. This particular gem does not develop from a water based creature as most other pearls do. Instead, harvesting the soft tissue pulp from the elephant tusk, this pearl was often used in Hindu sacred rituals. In fact the elephant pearl is one of the nine sacred gems discussed in the Verdic text, Garuda Purana. The sacred nine gems are made up of several forms of unique pearls including those known as the following: oyster, elephant, boar, cobra, whale, cloud, bamboo, and fish pearls.

Although this type of pearl is non-oyster in nature is can still be found in many unique pieces of jewellery and was highly valued by the Hindu. This pearl is considered the most durable of the nine sacred gems. Today, Buddhists believe this particular pearl is the only one that can posses the grace of the Buddha. Many believe that the elephant pearl can make one very successful in life and even provide the opportunity to become king (leader). Many of the elephant pearls have recently been put up for auction and have fetched over a million dollars for each pearl.

Recently, some elephant pearls have been presented that some experts believe to be fake or crafted to appear to be more unique than normal. Because the pearl does not develop naturally, it can be hard to determine its true value.

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