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 Mother-of-Pearl, Natural Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Tantalizing, that's creamy champagne-colored, natural mother-of-pearl. If we drank with our eyes, it's something we'd want to sip all evening. The pearly luster of mother-of-pearl, called "orient," comes from an overlap of aragonite platelets and the skin of conchiolin (an organic substance). Look through Fire Mountain Gems' Gallery of Designs for intriguing design ideas using mother-of-pearl. Then go ahead. Don't just be tantalized. Use these gorgeous beads and cabochons cut from the golden lip of the mollusk that produces pearls to create jewelry that will tantalize everyone who sees it.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Natural mother-of-pearl has tremendous spiritual value for those whose high goals and attitudes keep them feeling stressed. I'm thinking of one person in particular-a person who has to constantly remind herself to take one task and one day at a time. A person who knows what she wants in the future, but she wants it today. A person who looks in the mirror and sees someone who sometimes needs to let what happens just happen. If that person shows up in your mirror, give her a break. Put a necklace of champagne colored natural mother-of-pearl around her neck and watch those frown lines disappear from her forehead.
Mineral InformationCalcium carbonate, aragonite
Chemical Composition84-92% calcium-carbonate, 4-13% organic substances, 3-4% water
ColorCream to tawny champagne color
Specific Gravity2.60-2.78
Refractive Index1.52-1.66

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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