Lovely mother of pearl beads and pendants (sometimes known as trocha shell beads or simply MOP beads) are created from the iridescent coating (nacre) that lines the inside of mollusk shells. Choose from natural (untreated) golden mother of pearl beads, standard (bleached) mother of pearl beads, and occasionally, black lip shell beads and pendants (black MOP). Natural mother of pearl beads are made from mother of pearl that is naturally golden brown and has not been bleached to look white. Most mother of pearl beads and pendants on the market are bleached to maximize the nacre's delicate shades of white and ivory.
In caring for mother of pearl, be aware that alcohol will eat through the nacre, causing irreparable damage to the color and luster.
Mystics believe that mother of pearl stimulates intuition, sensitivity, imagination and adaptability, and helps with clarity in decision making. Mother of Pearl symbolizes faith, charity, and innocence.