The rainbow-like iridescence of Mother of Pearl has been used as decorative enhancement in jewelry, clothing, furniture, musical instruments, and more for centuries. Mother of Pearl is nacre, the same material that lines the shells of mollusks like oysters, mussels, and abalones, and that forms the outer shell of the pearl. It’s wavy grain is a result of seasonal fluctuations in a mollusk’s diet: the darker organic material laid down in winter months, the lighter and whiter nacre laid down in the summer months. When Mother of Pearl is carved directly from the shell, no two pieces are alike. Jewel of Havana has carved Mother of Pearl cameos, earrings and necklaces that are unique in that way, and sure to be noticed.
While a pearl’s shape is made by nature, Mother of Pearl’s shape can be man-made. The shell can be powdered and reconstituted for any application. Through that process, much larger “pearls” can be created more affordably. Jewel of Havana has a full line of Mother of Pearl necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, in a variety of colors that are made in this way.
Mother of Pearl has been regarded highly by mystics, who believe it helps with clarity and decision making, and alters negative energy. It’s also believed to boost intuition and psychic sensitivity, and to heighten the imagination.
You should care for your Mother of Pearl the same way you do your pearls. Clean it with mild soap and water (or our recommended all natural jewelry cleaner) with a very soft cloth. And let it be the “last thing on, first thing off” in your routine to avoid scratches and the build up of make-up and hair products. If you already love pearl, you’re bound to love wearing Mother of Pearl, as well. Nothing else feels or looks quite like it.
Ana Maria Andricain
Ana is a metal clay certified artist creating handcrafted nature inspired artisan jewelry from her Baton Rouge studio. If you love natural gemstones and metal, welcome home!