MOTHER OF PEARL
From the Arabic ‘naqqarah’: shell, mother-of-pearl, also known as ‘mother-of-pearl’, is a hard, white, iridescent substance formed inside the shells of some molluscs, which produces glitter and shades of different colours when it reflects light; it is composed of calcium carbonate, organic matter and water and is used for the creation of ornamental objects.
It is composed of calcium carbonate, organic matter and water and is used to create ornamental objects. In this way, sheets of mother-of-pearl are extracted directly or small objects are placed inside the shell where the mollusc, in order to protect itself, coats them with this substance, creating what we know as pearly pearls.
Today, natural is the trend. What is close to nature, what is untreated, is in fashion. That is why we are once again using beads made of pure or natural materials, or materials that imitate them, in the manufacture of accessories, which is our thing. Among them is mother-of-pearl. We offer it in different shapes such as discs, ovals, flowers, hearts, both natural and coloured as pendants, small tears to stick on, and crushed, very used in the manufacture of flamenco accessories. In the latter case, the iridescence of natural mother-of-pearl is non-existent, as it is produced by the layers of air contained in each nacre formation plate, decomposing the light into its 7 colours and causing the aurora borealis effect, which is why, when crushed, these layers disappear and with them the precious effect.