What Mother of Pearl Comes from
Some of the mollusks that give us Mother of Pearl are gastropoda, bivalvia, and cephalopoda. Those include mussels, conch, paua, abalone, and other shells like the nautilus. Some shells, like paua and abalone, have beautiful banded nacre while others, like the nautilus, have a smooth MOP layer with little or no banding. Mother of Pearl makes beautiful jewelry and can be dyed to many fun colors that we'll talk a little about in the next week or so.
Irisha Patterson created this sterling silver and gold-filled wire frame for this mother of pearl cameo, inspired by Dale Armstrong's book, Wirework