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Gemstone Information - Mother of Pearl ( white mother-of-pearl and abaloni shell)
The inner nacreous layer of a mollusk, or of a snail shell which has an iridescent play of color, is called mother-of-pearl or mother of the pearl.
Nacre (also written as nacker or naker) is a synonym of mother-of-pearl, is the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell.
The white color mother of pearl call mother-of-pearl of the pearl mussel, can be found inside the pearl oysters, which grow in the warm tropical sea of Asia or North America. It has been popular used in carved cameo, inlay decoration in woodcarvings.
The one with a blue-green iridescent color play are called mother-of-pearl of the paua mussel, or abaloni shells, most from New Zealand, ( now a lot of them from China). The abaloni shells are also called sea opal. Because it has beautiful color effects similar to those found in opal, abaloni shells has been used for centuries by Maori people for inlays in mystical carvings and jewelry ornaments. Now mother of pearl are popular used in rings, pendants, earring, bracelets and other jewelry ornaments, as well as wood crafts inlaids, panel work decorations.
According to gemstone healing art, mother of pearl soothes and reduces stress and worry, balances physical energy, puts one in touch with the all-nurturing Sea Mother.