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The occult properties of pearls are recorded in ancient history: the Greeks and Romans wore the gems as amulets and talismans. Pearls, for this reason, were often set on crowns. Rich says, "Pope Adrian anxious to secure all the virtues in his favor, wore an amulet composed of a sunbaked toad, arsenic, tormentil, pearl, coral, hyacinth, smarag, and tragacanth."

To dream of a pearl, is said to, mean many tears. Other properties are healing quartan ague when boiled in meat, healing ulcers when taken with milk, and for clearing the voice. They soothe and pacify the possessor as the comfort the heart and render him chaste. (see Gem Healing) A.G.H.

Sources: 70, 197; 81, 321.

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