Mysterious Elephant Pearl Called GAJMUKTA

So-called elephant pearls have a similar mysterious origin to coconut pearls, and they still cannot really be explained well. They are said to come from within the large teeth of elephants and to have a Whitish yellow colour. The pearls are considered to bring good luck, and they were already mentioned in early Arab and Sanskrit writings.

Sanskrit literature calls the pearls “gajamukta” or elephant pearls and speaks with devotion of their rarities. Their colour and consistency resemble ivory. Indian temples are said to have some pearls in their possession, and even Indian gemmologists speak of them called gaja mani, gaja mukta.

In Sri Lanka, elephant pearls are also believed to exist, and they are called gajamuthu. The formation of the pearls can possibly be described as a defensive reaction to injuries. Other types of calcium formations that show a similar radial structure as pearls have been observed in animal bodies and also within the human body. Pearls are also reported to come from the poison glands of cobras. They are called “nagaratna or nagamani“.