Mother of Pearl Gemstone Guide

Mother of Pearl Gemstone

Mother of Pearl is an organic gem, meaning that it has been created from a living organism, rather than a mineral. It is produced by molluscs and is found on the inner layer of their shells as well as on the outer layer of pearls as a protective layer against parasites and its technical name is nacre. It is strong, resilient and iridescent. Mother of pearl is used in a lot of jewellery and watches because of the beautiful shimmer it exhibits.


Mother of pearl has a beautiful iridescent shimmer. It’s mainly found in white; however it also comes in grey, pink, purple, blue and green.

Sourcing mother of pearl

Mother of pearl is mainly sourced from pearl oysters, freshwater pearl mussels, and from abalone shells.

Caring for mother of pearl

To clean your mother of pearl, use a soft damp cloth. Do not use harsh chemicals to clean or whilst wearing your mother of pearl jewellery. Store it separately in a soft cotton pouch to avoid it getting scratched or damaged by other jewellery. Avoid direct sunlight and high temperatures.

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