Mother of pearl

The mother of pearl is a valuable material, made from the inner layer of the shell of certain molluscs, especially oysters.

Color: Iridescent White Pearl.

Deposits: Australia, New Zealand and the United States. 

The Mother of pearl, due to its high mechanical properties, hardness and flexural strength, is produced artificially for industrial use. In arts it was and is still used for the production of inlaid designs, decorations of furniture, especially during the Renaissance. Other uses are for jewellery, cutlery, buttons, mosaics, binoculars and keys for musical instruments.

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