One of the materials I really enjoy using in the jewellery I create, is Mother of Pearl.
Mother of Pearl is a posh name for the shiny material inside a shell.
The photo on the left shows a few types of naturally coloured Mother of Pearl:-
- Paua / Abalone
- Black lip
- White lip (including yellow/golden)
Being a natural substance, Mother of Pearl sometimes shows a wonderful variety of colours – even in the same piece of shell. Paua shell / Abalone is the type that shows the widest variety of colours in one piece, but black lip can also have a sheen of pinks and greens.