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Mother of Pearl

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
  • Pink
  • 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.