SKU: 20027698
Coconut shell based Mother of Pearl dish

This beautifully crafted object has a mosaic of coconut shell as a base for a perfectly polished Mother of Pearl dish. 27 cm long & 15 cm at its widest across. Approximately 6 cm deep

Use this as a soap dish, to keep your jewellery at hand, or to serve confectionery or any delicacies.

Mother of Pearl is another name for nacre, an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some molluscs as an inner shell layer; it also makes up the outer coating of pearls. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent.

Nacre is found in some of the most ancient lineages of bivalves, gastropods, and cephalopods. However, the inner layer in the great majority of mollusc shells is porcellaneous, not nacreous, and this usually results in a non-iridescent shine, or more rarely in non-nacreous iridescence such as flame structure as is found in conch pearls.

The outer layer of pearls and the inside layer of pearl oyster and freshwater pearl mussel shells are made of nacre. Other mollusc families that have a nacreous inner shell layer include marine gastropods such as the Haliotidae, the Trochidae and the Turbinidae.

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