The mother-of-pearl highlighted by Art'emi

Ah, the good oyster... after eating it, take the time to admire the inside of his house! Blue and pearly pink line the shell... yet it is not pigments or dyes that give these colors. Indeed, mother-of-pearl is an organic natural phenomenon (and not a mineral as one might think). Very hard, it is deposited in thin superposed layers that cover the inside of the shell. It is the oyster itself that secretes these layers made of aragonite.

Mother-of-pearl, a fine stone in the color of the rainbow

The word "mother-of-pearl" comes from the Arabic "naqqarah". In English, he is called after Queen Elizabeth I gave him the name "Mother-of-Pearl".

Finally, mother-of-pearl is the inner coating, with iridescent reflections (rainbow), of certain shells such as oysters and abalone. Biosynthesized by the mantle and composed of aragonite crystals linked by a protein called conchiolin. It is the thin layers of aragonite that cause the effect of iridescence, these pretty reflections of mother-of-pearl that change according to the angle of observation.

Moreover, the milky color and the iridescent, exceptional reflections of mother-of-pearl quickly made it very popular in the making of jewelry, but also buttons, musical instruments (many luthiers use it to customize instruments. Although expensive, the result is often very beautiful and transforms the instrument into a real work of art), and other decorative or fashion objects.

Finally, for the Greeks, this stone is a symbol of love, and they offered their beloved a worked mother-of-pearl jewel. Catholics also love it because it symbolizes purity and gentleness. In addition, they use it to make effigies of the Virgin or rosaries. For Polynesians, mother-of-pearl is considered as the marine reflection of the divinity, "the smile of the gods"...

A surprising combination of the whiteness of the stone and the brilliance of the metal

For example, in lithotherapy, mother-of-pearl, due to its milky color, would have maternal and protective virtues. It would gently protect against the aggressions of the external environment and would bring calm and serenity. In this way, it would protect against bad influences and would be very reassuring.

Mother-of-pearl is organic, and therefore very sensitive to your environment. It is cleaned using warm water, soap, and a soft brush to remove dirt. What could be easier? Everything is in your bathroom. So take your brushes, please, and start cleaning. The vast majority of mother-of-pearl jewelry is made of silver or white gold, but some, in yellow gold, offers a surprising combination of the pure whiteness of mother-of-pearl and the warm brilliance of metal.

Mother-of-pearl is a material that we recognize and love for its iridescent reflections.