Where Does the Phrase Mother of Pearl Come from?

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Mother of pearl comes from oysters and abalone and is an iridescent layer of material which forms the shell lining of many mollusks. Mollusks create mother of pearl to protect themselves, and in addition, mother of pearl also insulates mollusks from bacterial infection.
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Mother of pearl is also known as nacre. It is a substance that coats the inside of the shell of mollusks. Nacre is also what oysters use to make pearls.
Mother of pearl will come from an oyster. Mother of pearl occurs naturally when a piece of sand gets stuck in an oyster's shell. So, it can occur anywhere oysters are found.
I do own one! I am lucky I have a silver watch dial made from the Mother of Pearl. It looks so elegant and I really look after it very well. Mother of pearl also comes from the inside of the shell of mollusks. You can find more information here: www.mopi.co.th
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