Understanding the differences between the Mother of Pearl shell and abalone is crucial to avoid confusion. Since both are interchangeable, most people are confused and do not see the difference between the two.
Also known as Nacre, the Mother of Pearl shell is a shining layer of lines inside the mollusk's shell. The Mother of Pearl shell is commonly used in jewelry, musical instruments, and decorative furniture. It acts as a protection against irritation and infection caused by organic matters. The abalone, on the other hand, is the source of the Mother of Pearl shell. Compared to the Mother of Pearl, the abalone has darker rainbow shades and found in limited amounts.
In jewelry, the Mother of Pearl's thin layer of sediments is cut into cabochon-like shapes. As organic jewelry, it is beautiful yet somehow low in value compared to the actual pearl. However, the jewelry is a good choice if you want to improve your overall elegance. Although the Mother of Pearl is underappreciated nowadays compared to the previous eras, it still looks good in jewelry.
The beautiful color and luster of the abalone make it great jewelry of choice for many people. High-quality abalone pearls are valued anywhere between $250 and $2,000 per carat. The value of the jewelry is also affected by its color. Abalone with shades of blue, green, and pink are considered premium and collector's item. In America, it is difficult to find high-quality abalone due to the fact that the mollusk is harvested for dinner than decoration. Today, collecting abalone pearl and beads is quite challenging because of the mollusk's decline in population.
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