Nature provides the most beautiful materials for jewellery making. Most people could identify mother of pearl when they saw it. But many might not know what it is or where it comes from. This beautiful organic gemstone has been used to fashion jewellery for centuries. I thought I would share with you one of nature’s beauties by asking “What is Mother of Pearl?”
So, Exactly What is Mother of Pearl?
Quite simply it mother of pearl is made from the inner lining of different mollusc shells, pearl oysters, freshwater pearl mussels and abalone. This iridescent inner lining of the mollusc is called nacre (pronounced “NAY-ker”),
“Mother of pearl” is the common name for nacre. Nacre is strong and iridescent. It is both an organic and inorganic material that coats the inside of pearl oyster, freshwater pearl mussel, and abalone shells. The pearls, themselves, have an outer layer of nacre.
Mother of pearl is considered an organic gem. An organic gem is created by a living creature, plant, or organism.
Why Is Nacre Called Mother of Pearl?
The shells, with their nacre lining, are the “mother” from which pearls are ‘born”. Hence the term. Like many mothers, nacre is about classic beauty and remarkable strength.
What Is Mother of Pearl Jewellery VS Pearl Jewellery?
Mother of pearl is its own gemstone. It’s versatile, affordable and abundant, making it an ideal option for unique jewellery.
If you’re in the market for organic jewellery, mother of pearl jewellery pieces are top choices for 2020. Pearls and mother of pearl are the only gemstones created by one of Mother Nature’s living creatures, making them the most organic gems on the planet.
What colour is Mother of Pearl
Mother of pearl is usually opaque to translucent in appearance and is generally white, cream or off-white in colour. You’ll also come across grey, silver, yellow, and blue-green varieties. Dependant on the mollusc shells
The colour of the gemstone depends on the mollusc, with abalone producing the most vivid, lustrous and colourful varieties. Abalone mother of pearl is blue, green and purple in colour.
Are Pearls and Mother of Pearl the same
How Pearls Are Created
The smooth nacre in the inner shell surface helps protect the soft tissue of the sea creature from external debris. Unwanted debris is encapsulated by the nacre, forming a pearl. For instance, when a grain of sand enters the mollusc, it excretes nacre to encapsulate the irritant until it’s covered in many layers, thus protecting the delicate muscles.
I hope I have shed a little bit of light onto this magical gem and hope that you enjoy our products.