Susan Miller

·Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry Design, Pratt Institute, 2012

·Bachelor of Arts in Gemology, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2005

·Editor-in-Chief, White Victoria (2018 - present)

·Write and research feature articles and profiles for print and online publication

·Contributing Writer, Modern Jeweler and Ornament

·Write and publish freelance articles for IGS and WSJ Magazine

·Jewelry Appraiser (2012 - 2020)

Mother of Pearl is a stunning, sparkling material widely used in jewelry of all types, artwork, timepieces, furniture, and home decor. It's an organic substance, like actual pearls, which originates from living organisms like the inside of abalone or oyster shells.

Mother of pearl is a sought-after material because of its biological origin, shimmering uniqueness, exquisite brightness, and adaptability. It is used to create one-of-a-kind, distinctive jewelry since no two pieces are identical. 

Furthermore, several properties, features, and uses are associated with this adaptable natural beauty. This article will discuss this origin, formation, and other significant details.

Properties of Mother of Pearl

Mother-of-pearl jewelry may be made in several ways to achieve various styles. Additionally, they portray the enchanted beauty of the waters and sparkle from all sides, producing an incomparable sparkle. The properties of these pearls are divided into their physical and meta-physical features.

What Are the Physical Characteristics of Mother of Pearl?

Nacre, sometimes referred to as the mother of pearl, is an iridescent coating of substance that constitutes the lining of several mollusks. Bivalve mollusks secrete nacre, which forms a shimmering layer inside their shells. 


The iridescent coating protects these creatures from predators, which makes them dazzle and flicker with color when light reflects from their internal shell lining. The tiny covering of prisms that divide white light into its rainbow hues gives the material its iridescent look. 


The thickness of a pearl's nacre can be used to determine its quality. Seasonal variations, food, and water temperature are just a few variables that can alter the thickness and shine of the nacre. As the nacre ages, it often grows thinner. Abalone and pearl oysters are the primary sources of this nacre. 


A typical application is as an inlay in numerous furniture, musical instruments, and jewelry pieces. The Latin phrase "mater perlarun" is where the name "Mother of Pearl" originates. Furthermore, the main "shopping mall" for pearl manufacturing, the Persian Gulf, is where they may be found.

What Are the Non-physical Characteristics Associated with Mother of Pearl?

Spiritual Worth

A natural mother-of-pearl shell has enormous spiritual worth for persons with ambitious goals and mindsets who frequently feel overwhelmed. In several cultures, the color white denotes purity. Mother of Pearl also represents purity due to its beautiful, bright white aspect. 


For ladies, you can regard mother-of-pearl as a lucky gemstone. The pearl's sheen and brightness are comparable to a woman's beauty, grace, and elegance. Pearls represent, among other things, knowledge, inventiveness, tenacity, and purity.


A pearl necklace highlights the wearer's feminine beauty and draws attention to her contours by emphasizing her neckline. Conchiolin isn't simply a lovely material; it also has healing and balancing properties for our body, mind, and soul.

Mother-of-pearl shell is frequently employed in mystical work and tradition to enhance intuition, psychic sensitivity, and creativity. It is widely considered to promote fortune. The mother-of-pearl shell is thought to provide comforting maternal protection from bad vibes and affection. 

How Much Is the Mother of Pearl?

More prevalent than pearl, individuals may find the mother-of-pearl shell naturally worldwide. This abundance is because pearl-producing mollusks seldom have pearls inside their shells; instead, they always have a shell. 

Mother of pearl is priced between $10 and $15 per kilogram when sold wholesale. There is a significant demand in Europe, primarily for watches and buttons. When seen in this light, the mother of pearl isn't that pricey.

However, you may find the mother of pearl jewelry that costs a whopping $40,000, like a mother of pearl earrings and necklace set! You may find mother pearl jewelry for between a few dollars and several thousand. 

The level of artistry, the resources used to make the jewelry, and its age are just a few of the numerous factors that influence this.

How Is the Mother of Pearl Different From Pearls?

The main distinction between the mother of pearl and pearl is that the mother of pearl is an iridescent material that forms the interior covering of the shell of several mollusks. In contrast, the pearl is a complicated, glossy, spherical structure that is often creamy white.

Despite sharing the exact origins and being classified as natural jewels, mother of pearl and pearl are two different things. Other differences include:


Pearls naturally develop when a foreign object enters a mollusk, and it defends itself by covering the object in several layers of nacre. Over time, it develops into a spherical pearl. The mother of pearl, in contrast, is a thin coating that forms on the interior of the oyster's shell.



Mother of pearl is far more common than pearls. It is never assured that oysters or mussels will generate a pearl, even with advancements in pearl culture that produce optimum circumstances for pearl creation. Finally, while a greater variety of mollusk species may create a mother of pearl, only a small number of species can produce pearls with gem quality.


Natural pearls are significantly costlier than mother of pearls since they are rarer. It is simple to grasp why a mother of pearl is so reasonably priced, given it is available in a significantly greater supply. While pearl jewelry will always be valuable, the mother of pearl jewelry may not always be.

Different Uses of Mother of Pearl

Mother of pearls are quite valuable and can be used for several different purposes. Some of its unique goals include;

Health and Well-being

When it relates to healing wounds, visual issues, and dizziness, mother of pearl is quite helpful. It can aid the body in warding off infections and locating latent diseases and illnesses. This stone can inspire you to maintain your physical fitness.

Furthermore, it aids in the relief of muscular spasms and strains. It may also be quite good for your nerves. Additionally, by removing toxins, it can activate reflex response and strengthen the immune system. 

Like Indicolite, Mother of Pearl's calming powers can treat skin conditions and reduce allergic rashes. It can strengthen the torso physically and improve mental performance. Additionally, it can aid in treating digestive system issues, including constipation and gastritis.


A brilliant and highly symbolic stone is the mother of the pearl. This symbolism is due to the stone's capacity to draw money and increase the wearer's income! This gem will strengthen and improve their abilities! It makes sense why several Feng shui artifacts include a portion of it. 

It represents luck and prosperity in addition to drawing money and fortune. This stone conveys an excellent and encouraging message that no matter what challenge you are dealing with, you can get through it and attract lucrative energies in the process!

Many people offer it as a gift to pals, family, and other loved ones to wish them success and prosperity. Mother of Pearl is regarded as a lucky amulet that would grant you an affluent life and is thought to bring good fortune.

It is a lucky omen. By carrying this stone around, you are already improving your luck and wealth!

Love and Relationships

You may eliminate your relationship-related tension and worries by wearing mother-of-pearl jewelry. It will help you attain a more well-balanced and peaceful love life by calming and relaxing your emotions.

Additionally, it will make your heart feel peaceful and at ease. It will cool your anger and help you let go of your anxiety. Your intuition will get stronger, and the mother of pearl will inspire your imagination.

You will become more receptive to your partner's demands and more flexible to the shifting dynamics of your relationship. You'll be motivated to speak up freely without inhibiting your feelings about someone. Additionally, it will make your decision-making clearer.

Jewelry Making

Bloodstone & Mother of Pearl Bracelet

This Enchanting Bloodstone & Mother of Pearl Bracelet with Sterling Silver Accents has 10x8mm faceted Mother of Pearl beads and 6mm round Bloodstone gemstone beads. This bracelet features a sterling silver carabiner clasp and is approximately 19 cm long.

Classical Mother Of Pearl Silver Earrings

These beautiful, naturally occurring Mother of Pearl earrings are used in a traditional design. They hang around 25mm from sterling silver ear wires. These gemstone earrings were made from 3mm sterling silver beads and 6mm raw round mother of pearl.

Mother Of Pearl & Amber Bracelet

This stunning Mother Of Pearl & Amber Bracelet is made from natural amber chip beads, 4mm round Mother of Pearl beads, and sterling silver accent beads. The bracelet includes a lobster clasp made of sterling silver and is approximately 19 cm long.

Mother Of Pearl Faceted Oval Bracelet With Silver Toggle Clasp

The beautiful mother-of-pearl bracelet's components include 2mm round sterling silver beads, 4mm natural round mother-of-pearl beads, 14x10mm faceted oval mother-of-pearl beads, and a lovely toggle clasp in sterling silver. The bracelet is approximately 19 cm long.


Are you considering expanding your collection of gems? Mother of pearl is a beautiful jewel for protection. Furthermore, it will provide you access to the soothing sea's healing powers! Mother of pearl is a great addition.