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|This article is about Abalone Pearl, Larimar's pearl. You may be looking for Abalone Shell.|
- Abalone pearl, also known as abalone shell, paua, or blue eyris pearl, is a rare type of pearl.
- They come from abalone or ear-shell sea snails.
- The pearls can be found in Japan, California, New Zealand, and other localities in the Pacific.
- Abalone pearl's have iridescent colors including blue, green, pink, yellow, orange, and silver.
- Abalone pearls are so rare because abalones are sensitive creatures, making it difficult to culture pearls.
- Pearls, as well as nacre, are chemically made of calcium carbonate and conchiolin. They're mainly comprised of aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite.
- Pearls have a hardness of 2½ - 4½ and has an Orthorhombic crystal structure.
- When irritants get inside the mollusk, it will excrete layers of liquid (called nacre) to coat it. This is how pearls are formed.
- Pearls are birthstones for June.
- They are also the national gemstone of the Philippines.
- Abalone pearls have been important ornamental gemstones throughout history and spanning countless groups of people.
- The name pearl comes from the Latin world perna meaning "leg". This is in reference to the ham-leg shape of the bivalve mollusk.
- Abalone comes from Spanish abulón, derived from the Rumsen language aulón.
- Metaphysically, abalone pearl promotes intuition, power of self, and imagination in a healthy and positive manner. It also helps clear emotions and negative situation to benefit cooperation.