Basra Pearls

Basra Pearl Quality

Many gem dealers consider Basra Moti stone as the cream of the pearl market, which is unfortunately a myth. In reality, Basra Pearls are as beautiful as the natural pearl from any other origin. This gemstone is famous due of its legendary origin, not for its exceptional beauty. So, like other natural pearls, Basra pearls are also analyzed by the Size, Shape, Color and Surface Texture.

  • Size

    – The size of natural pearl largely depends on the diameter of pearl nucleus (irritant), thickness of nacre layer (the fluid secreted by the mollusk) and the duration for which the pearl remains inside the mollusk’s body. Since, the nacre layer secreted by Pinctada radiata (mollusk that forms Basra pearl) is thin, the size doesn’t increase even after the formation of multiple layers. Therefore, the original Basra Pearls in big sizes are rare to find and are quite precious.

  • Shape

    – As per the rule of thumb, rounder is the pearl, higher will be its market value. But Basra Pearls are mostly found in odd shapes like pear, drop, baroque etc. Therefore, round or nearly round Basra pearls are considered highly valuable.

  • Color

    – Pure white Basra Pearl is regarded as a highly sought-after variety. However, finding a natural Basra Pearl in pure white hue is nearly impossible. This is because they are extracted years ago and loses their pure hue with time. The original Basra Pearl appears creamish white in color, sometimes with tints of yellow or pink.

  • Surface Texture

    – The quality of outer layer lends luster and shiny to the pearl gemstone. Basra Pearl with smooth, clean and blemish free surface, displays a slight rainbow-like sheen. The presence of pits, grooves, black spots and blemishes degrade the quality and market value of Basra Pearl.

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Basra Pearl Prices

Basra Pearl is a highly popular origin variety of the natural pearl gemstone. But the origin is not determined even in the certificates issued by internationally recognized gem laboratories like GIA and Javeri. So, it becomes difficult for traders to prove whether a natural pearl referred as Basra gem is specially from Basra.

We, at GemPundit don’t endorse any random Natural Pearl as Basra Pearl to fetch a good premium. But beware, some fraudulent suppliers claim to provide Basra Pearls for sale online without any valid Bahrain certificate. In the gem market, original Basra Pearls price and value is generally determined by evaluating its Shape, Size, Color, Luster and Surface texture.

Note : Basra Pearls price per carat in India start from ₹ 15,000 per carat ($230 approx.) and can go as far as ₹ 1 lakh per carat ($1540 approx.) depending upon its size, shape and other important quality factors.

  • Shape

    – Basra ka Moti price increases steeply for stones in round or near round shape. Baroque, drop shape and other asymmetrical Basra Pearl are common and, hence, comparatively less expensive.

  • Size

    – Finding a Basra pearl gemstone above 2 carats, is extremely difficult. Therefore, above certain carats, the price of Basra Pearl per carat increases drastically.

  • Color

    – The real Basra Moti available in the market (if any) were extracted centuries ago. Therefore, most of them appear creamish white or white with yellow or pink tints. A pure white Basra pearl is rarest of the rare and fetches a good premium.

  • Surface Texture

    – Basra pearls value increases for gems with smooth, clean and consistent outer surface. Due to its natural origin, the presence of minor spots and blemishes are acceptable up to an extent. However, major flaws such as cracks, dark spots or deep pits hamper quality, therefore, cannot be ruled out while assessing the Basra Pearl cost.

  • Luster

    – As per the market trend, Basra Pearls that emit vibrant luminosity always demand a higher value. A dull and lusterless Basra ka Moti is comparatively less desirable and comparatively cheaper.

Basra Pearl Origin

The precious natural pearls originated from the cities lying in the Persian/Arabian Gulf region, have a strong reputation in the world of gems. The city Basra or Al Basrah (now located in Iraq) was the major trading center for the natural pearl harvested across the Persian Gulf. Earlier, the coasts of Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Oman etc. were the major sources of Basra Pearl gemstone. Many of the varieties are named after their soul origin such as -

  • Bahrain Pearl

    – Since last 2000 years, Bahrain Pearls have been prized as the finest quality pearls which the world has ever seen. They were formed by the mollusk called Pinctada radiata (Gulf Pearl Oyster) found in the coast near Bahrain region.

  • Kuwait Pearls

    – Kuwait is another important Gulf country, renowned for its large size natural pearls named as Kuwait Pearls. One of its classic example is ‘The Pearl of Kuwait’. It was found in the water of Persian Gulf and measures around 258.12 grains (which is equal to 64.5 carats). This pearl from Kuwait is the third largest well-formed natural pearl drop found in the world.

  • Black Pearl Kuwait

    – This variety of pearl was produced naturally by rare mollusk species called Pinctada margaritifera (Black-lip Pearl Oyster). Black pearl from Kuwait is a highly valuable, black colored natural pearl, which is primarily worn for jewelry purposes.

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Basra Pearl Benefits

Pearl gemstone represents the influential planet Moon. Basra pearl gemstone holds a significant position in trade due its superior aesthetics and strong metaphysical values. Vedic astrologers believe that wearing a natural Basra Moti benefits the individual in gaining emotional stability, harmony in relationships and happy life. Some other important benefits of wearing Basra ka Moti are as follows –

  • Promotes Mental Peace

    – In vedic astrology, Moon rules over native’s mind. Astrologers believe that the presence of weak Moon in the Kundli causes anxiety, depression and stress. Basra Pearl strengthens the Moon in wearer’s horoscope and helps the person gain mental peace.

  • Improves Confidence & Self Expression

    – Astrologers often recommend Basra ka Moti to individuals who feel lack of self-confidence. Wearing Basra Moti positively effects wearer’s concentration power, improves their thinking ability and communication skills.

  • Strengthens Maternal Relationships

    – As per sacred vedas, Moon represents mother figure in the native’s life. It is believed that Basra Pearl benefits the wearer by positively effecting their mother’s health and strengthening the mother-child relationship.

  • Cures Heart, Eye & Skin Ailments

    – In alternative healing therapies, Basra Pearl gemstones are known to possess numerous curative abilities related to eye-sight, blood circulation, skin and fertility. Astrologers deeply believe that wearing Basra ka Moti helps to control blood pressure, heal eye ailments and maintain water balance in the wearer’s body.

  • Basra Moti Benefits
  • Restores Calmness & Tranquility

    Boosts Confidence & Thinking Ability

    Improves Maternal Relationship

    Revitalizes Skin, Heart and Eyes


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