Pearls vs Mother of Pearl

What is the difference between Pearl (pictured to the left) and and Mother of Pearl? (pictured on the right. ) Simply this – Mother of Pearl is the inside lining of the shell – virtually all shells have it. A pearl is the same lining material – deposited by the living creature over an irritant that has gotten inside the shell. Right away – you can see that there is a LOT more Mother of Pearl available to be made into things than Pearls – even with the extensive pearl culturing that is done now. Mother of Pearl tends to …