Gemstone: Mother of Pearl

Cut from the shell of the pinctada maxima pearl oyster. Before the use of plastics one of the main uses for mother of pearl was buttons.
MOHs Hardness: 3.5
Origins: Australia
Care: Keep mother of pearl away from chemicals. Contact with cosmetics, oils, acids, etc., can discolor or ruin the texture of pearls. To clean, use warm water with mild soap. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner.