Mother of Pearl is rumoured to have been given its name by Queen Elizabeth I. It is one of the oldest gemstones known to mankind and used since ancient Egypt and Sumer. In the West this gemstone became extremely popular as a decorative material during the Victorian Era.
Mother of Pearl, also known as Nacre, is a rare organic mineral created by Mollusks as a protection layer. The iridescence that makes this gemstone so attractive is the difference in thickness of aragonite crystals.
Using the gentle healing powers of the sea, Mother of Pearl is thought to be a Protection Stone. It creates a calming and soothing effect, reduces stress and irritability. The gemstone is also thought to promote intuition and imagination.
This stone is associated with family, in particular motherhood. Legends say that placing Mother of Pearl gem on an infant will protect them from the perils of new life.