Mother-of-pearl a nacreous, lustrous, iridescent lining of the shell of a mollusk that can be carved and cut for jewelry and other decorative purposes. It is composed of calcium carbonate bound by conchiolin which together form nacre. Mother-of-pearl is carved into various motifs to be used in jewelry. Slabs of mother-of-pearl decorate cuff links, shirt studs, buttons, watch faces and are used as inlay in various decorative objects.

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Fine Carved Mother-of-Pearl Cameo, Circa 1920's.

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Art Deco Mother-of-Pearl and Pearl Cuff Links.