If you’ve been looking into pearls and pearl jewellery, you’ve probably stumbled across the term ‘mother of pearl’ and wondered what it meant. They’re not pearls, but they share part of their name and even share some characteristics. So what are the differences between pearls and mother of pearl, and where exactly does mother of pearl come from?
Although both mother of pearl and pearls themselves come from oysters, there are some major differences between the two.
And while mother of pearl isn’t considered a precious gem like pearls are, they are both formed in similar ways.
Find out more about how mother of pearl and pearls are created, and why they’re different below.