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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

ABC Wednesday - N


Here we are at letter N.
I've no gemstones or anything of that sort beginning with N so this week I'm featuring
NACRE

According to my dictionary, nacre is the iridescent internal layer of a mollusc shell. It is also known as 'mother of pearl' since the same substance is used to coat a speck of grit and form a pearl.

Nacre is used for decorative inlays in items as diverse as furniture and musical instruments. It is also cut into various pretty shapes for use in jewellery. More information can be found here.


These are some of the shapes I have. The small ones have been engraved.


Here the small pieces are attached to chains as simple pendants. The larger pieces are fixed to a chain with other items to make a summer necklace.

ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs Nesbitt.
More N posts can be found through the Linky site, or on the Anthology page. They are worth a visit.

36 comments:

CherryPie said...

I love the way the light is shining in the last photo :-)

Aileni said...

Pearl for my Pearl beyond price.

Deb Acle said...

Beautiful - and it's lovely to wear too...feels almost alive, like pearls do.

ellen b said...

Very pretty. It reminds me of abalone shell...

richies said...

Wonderfully informative and beautiful. Thanks

An Arkie's Musings

crete said...

How interesting, lovely pictures too.

Ray

Glennis said...

Very informative, and pretty, not even expensive. Nice Idea having an alphabet blog.

starnitesky said...

Very beautiful in the right light, you have some lovely pieces here.

Dr.John said...

Wow! I get a lesson about mother of pearl and great pictures. Thank you.

babooshka said...

Of course again so personal and beautiful a choice. The light is glistening perfectly too.

Rebeckah said...

I learned something I didn't know : ). Thank you! Have a great week!

uncleawang said...

Thank for the information.
Happy ABC Wed...

Suzanne said...

I never knew any of that. Thanks for the education.

Kikamz said...

Necklaces are always nice to wear whatever the occassion. They never go out of style. My N is now up too! Happy Wednesday!

Bear Naked said...

I have many pieces of jewellery from Mexico that is made of *mother of pearl.*
I have never heard of the terminology *nacre* though.
Thank you for a good educational post for me.

Bear((( )))

photowannabe said...

Beautiful andsuch a good choice for the letter N, I learned a new words and information i didn't know before.

antigoni said...

Awesome and so unique! I have some of these myself.

Liz said...

I didn't know it was called that. Very informative. You do have some lovely jewellery.

Oh, I love aileni's comment too!

earthlingorgeous said...

Oh wow! Can you send me one of those lovely precious you have! Great N post you always make me love gemstones and sorts of jewelries!

Suburbia said...

How interesting! I always lean something when I visit :)

James Higham said...

Mollusc shell, eh?

RuneE said...

You have taught me a new word! Thank you.

Nydia said...

Awww... Aileni was so sweet in his comment here! :o)

They're so beautiful! I love the colors it brings!

Kisses from Nydia.

Jay said...

That's a very clever choice for ABC Wednesday! And very pretty pieces too - I particularly like the little charms.

Reader Wil said...

This is again something new for me! Very lovely! Thanks for showing.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Nacre might not be a precious stone but it certainly catches the light and has a beautiful soft glow.

Jientje said...

I love that summer necklace, it's beautiful!

leslie said...

You have some beautiful pieces! I really like the oblong shaped ones the best, although the bird is lovely. :D

nonizamboni said...

Great post today and the photos really enhance the mysterious beauty of nacre. I wonder what ancient artist decided to use a chip of this or that to decorate something. . .?Thanks for sharing!

Helena said...

It's lovely. I've only ever known it as Mother of PEarl though. I always learn stuff when I nip over here!

Neva said...

How very lovely!!!!

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I've always been fascinated by the depth of color and pearlescence of mother of pearl. Beautiful examples.

Louis la Vache said...

Nacre is a Natural for "N"-Wednesday (even if "Louis" is posting this on Thursday!)

Poopsie Blue said...

I never knew that the shell was called nacre, yet I love it's pearly effect.
Love your jewelery pieces!
And, Aileni's words.

Miss_Yves said...

Very nice jewells ...
miss Yves

kbguy said...

Nice sharing on ABC Wednesday.