Mother of Pearl

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I thought about using the phrase ‘Pearls before swine” but I didn’t want anyone reading my blog to think I was calling them names. When I was first married and had a baby the phrase ‘ What a hog!” was used quite a bit – especially by one of my girlfriends who babysat my son. And of course, he picked right up on that phrase. So much so, that my mother called to complain that my son called her ‘a hog’. I tried to explain that it wasn’t personal and that it was just a phrase he had learned. Yeah, right!!

But this lovely necklace is actually Mother of Pearl — that comes from the shells of mollusks. And it is hand knotted on ivory silk and has a magnetic sterling clasp. If you click on a close up of the picture, you will see the swirls of iridescence in the pearls.

It is an iridescent coating on the inside of mollusk shells. The name originated because because when an grain of sand or whatever the irritant is gets inside the shell, the shell protects itself by coating the irritant with the same material of its lining (nacre) that creates pearls (therefore, this substance is the creator, or mother, of pearls!). When you care for your mother-of-pearl beads, please do NOT use any alcohol as it eats through the nacre, causing irreparable damage to the color and luster.

Mother of pearl has been treasured in jewelry for many centuries. In the 1850s, immense mother-of-pearl masses, created by the continual movement of water washing and turning oysters on seabeds, began being harvested and were used extensively in Europe for buttons, knife handles and jewelry. In China, mother of pearl has been prescribed to treat heart palpitations, dizziness and high blood pressure for thousands of years. In Vietnam, it has been powdered and taken orally to improve vision and remove cataracts. Mystics believe it to stimulate intuition, sensitivity, imagination and adaptability, and help with clarity in decision making. Mother of pearl symbolizes faith, charity and innocence, and traditionally has been used to strengthen the environment and bring greater purity to the atmosphere. (Quoted from Rings n Things).

This particular strand of Mother of Pearl came from the Phillipines.

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One Response to “Mother of Pearl”

  1. Teri says:

    I read up on pearls a year or so ago, and found a much deeper appreciation of them once I understood the process that nature takes and how unusual they truly are. (not that I wear them often, but I value them more). Teri