Mother of Pearl

Mother of pearl

The world’s oceans are often considered the ultimate source of life: an immense force, which has an effect on the weather, our climate and our life in general. Keeping this in mind it’s not a surprise that this true element of life holds wonderful treasures for us to enjoy. Mother of pearl is certainly one of them.

Mother of pearl is the term for to the reflective substance on the inside of mollusc shell. This substance, known as nacre, is the same as the mollusc uses to coat a foreign particle that made it into its mantle, irritating its muscular tissue. A pearl is a result of this self-protective process.

The Asians were among the first to cultivate mollusc for the lustrous quality of their inner shells. Once harvested, artisans cut the shells into predetermined shapes with a coping saw to create the most intricate designs.

The cut pieces of Mother of pearl are approximately 2 millimetres thick. Just as individual shapes are first drawn onto the prepared shells, the patterned design is drawn directly onto a mould. The pieces, cut to precision, are glued on the surface pattern.

Once the Mother of pearl has been laid on, layer upon layer of lacquer, then plaster, lacquer, then plaster, is applied successively, until the lacquered surface is equal to the level of the Mother of pearl. Each layer is dried and then rubbed smooth using fine sandpaper and water. A final polished glaze of lacquer finishes the piece.

Mother of pearl’s unique undulating grain is the result of seasonal fluctuations in a mollusc’s diet. Darker layers arise during winter months. Lighter layers during warmer summer months.

 

S2493

Swatch mop pattern

 

S2489

Swatch, base white crackshell S2396 + finish colour S2226 green

 

S2488

Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 + finish colour S2224.jpg

 

S2487

Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 + finish colour S2033 platinum

 

S2486

Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 + finish colour S2414

 

S2485

Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 + finish colour S2467 dark grey

 

S2484

Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 + finish colour S2228 medium brown

 

S2483

Swatch, base white crackshell S2396 + finish colour S2250

 

S2482

Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 +finish colour S2435 ebony brown

 

S2481

Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 + finish colour S2223

 

S2480

Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 + finish colour S2225 light green

 

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Swatch, base white crack shell S2396 + finish colour S2430 dark silver.jpg

 

S2478

Swatch, base white crackshell S2396 + finish colour S2434 dark grey blue

 

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Swatch, base white crak shell S2396 +finish colour S2035 champagne gold.jpg

 

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Swatch base white cracked shell S2396 + finish colour S2436 copper

 

S7081

Swatch, rectangular pink MOP cut bata – MOP

 

S7079

Swatch, crazy cut abalone (combined cracked MOP) – MOP

 

S7080

Swatch, crazy cut black MOP (combined cracked MOP) – MOP

 

S7076

Swatch, crazy cut pink MOP (combined cracked MOP) – MOP

 

S7075

Swatch, square black MOP (5×5 mm) – MOP

 

S7071

Swatch, square pink MOP (5×5 mm) – MOP

 

S7072

Swatch, square yellow penshell (5×5 mm) – MOP

 

S7070

Swatch, square black MOP (15×15 mm) – MOP

 

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Swatch, square pink MOP (15×15 mm) – MOP

 

S7022

Swatch, cracked pink MOP – MOP

 

S7020

Swatch, square green MOP – MOP

 

S7021

Swatch, square white MOP – MOP

 

S7019

Swatch, square grey MOP – MOP

 

S7016

Swatch, blue xenia – MOP

 

S6176

Swatch, MOP gray

 

S6173

Swatch, MOP black

 

S6168

Swatch, copper MOP

 

S6163

Swatch, MOP pink

 

S3104

Swatch, shell MOP black blocks

 

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Swatch, shell black MOP cracked

 

S3050

Swatch, shell white MOP cracked

 

S2475

Swatch, brown mother of pearl, eggshell and pink lacquerware inlay

 

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Swatch, MOP pink rectangles filled with black lacquer ware

 

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Swatch MOP PZ

 

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Swatch dark capiz

 

S2403

Swatch MOP FB3

 

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Swatch MOP FB1

 

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Swatch MOP FD

 

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Swatch MOP FB2

 

S2398

Swatch MOP TC-S24

 

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Swatch MOP FW

 

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Swatch MOP FR

 

S2396

Swatch white MOP TC-S22

 

S2397

Swatch MOP TC-S23

 

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Swatch MOP TC-S19

 

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Swatch MOP TC-S20

 

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Swatch MOP TC-S21

 

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Swatch MOP TC-S16

 

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Swatch MOP TC-S17

 

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Swatch MOP TC-S18

 

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Swatch MOP red TC-S14

 

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Swatch MOP TC-S15

 

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Swatch MOP green TC-S12

 

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Swatch MOP turquoise TC-S13

 

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Swatch, MOP orange TC-S09

 

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Swatch MOP blue TC-S10

 

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Swatch MOP light green TC-S11

 

S2382

Swatch, MOP purple TC-S08

 

S2270

Swatch, MOP brown – eggshell DKE64 pattern – silverleaf DKTC 2206 background (part of S2123)

 

S2269

Swatch, MOP pink pattern – eggshell DKTC 1306 background (part of S2123)

 

S2266

Swatch, MOP pink bow pattern – eggshell DKTC 1306 background (part of S2123)

 

S2267

Swatch, silverleaf S12 pattern – eggshell DKTC 3006 background (part of S2123)

 

S2248

Swatch, MOP stripes filled with silver leaf DKTC1706

 

S2232

Swatch, MOP stripes filled with black lacquerware DKTC1606

 

S2075

Swatch, MOP brown, black lacquer

 

S2076

Swatch, silver leaf brown DKTC1209 – MOP pattern

 

S2073

Swatch, MOP pink – black lacquer

 

S2074

Swatch, MOP blue, black lacquer

 

S2056

Swatch, MOP – lacquerware black DKTC0506

 

S2057

Swatch, MOP – white lacquer DKTC0206

 

S2058

Swatch, MOP – lacquerware 75725 9C

 

S2055

Swatch, MOP – silver leaf gold DKTC0406

 

S1345

Swatch, shell MOP cracked with yellow shades polished

 

S1327

Swatch, white MOP crazy cut

 

S1324-M

Swatch, black MOP crazy cut – matt finish

 

S1323

Swatch, grey MOP triangles

 

S1323-M

Swatch, grey MOP triangles – matt finish

 

S1324

Swatch, black MOP crazy cut

 

S1321-M

Swatch, black penshell cracking – matt finish

 

S1316

Swatch, white MOP squares diamond shape inlay

 

S1294

Swatch, shell raw MOP

 

S1253

Swatch, shell raw black MOP cracked

 

S1255

Swatch, shell white/yellow MOP blocks

 

S1242

Swatch, shell outstide of raw MOP

 

S1231

Swatch, shell raw MOP and pennshell cracked

 

S1228

Swatch, shell brown lip pungol and stainless steel

 

S1186

Swatch, shell white/yellow MOP cracked

 

S1172

Swatch, shell white MOP blocks

 

S1167

Swatch, shell raw MOP big cracked finish #3

 

S1168

Swatch, stainless steel radica with red/pink grout

 

S1165

Swatch, shell raw MOP big cracked finish #1

 

S1166

Swatch, shell raw MOP cracked finish #1

 

S1164

Swatch, shell raw MOP cracked finish #3

 

S1157

Swatch, shell raw MOP solid finish #1

 

S1155

Swatch, shell raw MOP radica convex finish #2

 

S1156

Swatch, shell raw MOP radica convex finish #3

 

S1153

Swatch, shell white MOP and yellow MOP blocks

 

S1154

Swatch, shell raw MOP radica convex radica finish #1

 

S1140

Swatch, shell MOP cascading light to dark blocks

 

S1111-M

Swatch, shell yellow MOP cracked blocks- matt finish

 

S1069

Swatch, shell yellow MOP and black tab pattern ‘wood’

 

S1068

Swatch, shell yellow MOP and robles wood pattern ‘figures’