Mother of Pearl - All You Need to Know

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Mother of Pearl - All You Need to Know

Mother of pearl is an organic gemstone that’s an iridescent lining that can be spotted on the inner surface of a nacre producing mollusc’s shell. Mother of pearl is also commonly called nacre. Mother of pearl beads are quite popular and if you are reading this post, chances are that you wish to know more about this wonderful gemstone. So, let’s dive right in! 

1. It is opaque to translucent 
Mother of pearl is quite beautiful in appearance and it is generally opaque to translucent. Usually it is white, cream or off-white in color, but don’t be surprised if you come across yellow, black, red, green, blue, gray and silver colored mother of pearls. The color depends on the mollusc and abalone mother of pearl is blue, purple or green in color. 

2. Mother of pearl is differently formed than pearls
Mother of pearl is pretty different than pearls. Interestingly, both get formed of the same material and from the same creature, but there are quite a few differences the way they are formed. They are valued pretty differently as well. Pearls are formed inside the tissue of the creature, while mother of pearl can be located on the shell’s inner lining. 

Pearls are spherical in shape while mother of pearl takes the shape of the shell. The latter is pretty large in size as well. Due to this quality, jewelry designers can use it in myriads of ways. 

3. Mother of pearl is versatile 
Mother of pearl is quite versatile and it can be used for a number of applications. You can buy mother of pearl online and use it as inlays, carvings, and free form shapes. Since, it has neutral hues; it can be paired with any metal color. Try it with yellow or rose gold for a rich sophisticated look. Since it offers a stylish contrast, it can be match with just any style. 

4. Usually it is affordable 
The price of mother of pearl is usually quite affordable. You can find beautiful pieces for just $50 or less, but if you are looking for high-value mother of pearl gemstone, you do not need to get disappointed at all. The value of this gemstone depends on the quality of craftsmanship and materials. 

5. Easy to clean 
Mother of pearl is quite easy to clean and all you need is a lint-free cloth to wipe off body oils and sweat that may cause it to look lusterless.  Never use ammonia or baking soda to clean this beautiful and delicate gemstone. If you need to deep clean mother of pearl beads, use a jewelry cleaner or mild soap & water to clean it. If you are not sure whether you will be able to do it yourself, you should take it to a professional jeweler. 

Hope you found the post useful. If you need information related to sterling silver pendants in Australia, feel free to get in touch with our team. 

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