mother-of-pearl


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the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell

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Precisely so, my learned Conseil; and, amongst these testacea the earshell, the tridacnae, the turbots, in a word, all those which secrete mother-of-pearl, that is, the blue, bluish, violet, or white substance which lines the interior of their shells, are capable of producing pearls.
The native, first placing a calabash beneath the nose, as it were, of his curious-looking log-steed, for the purpose of receiving the grated fragments as they fall, mounts astride of it as if it were a hobby-horse, and twirling the inside of his hemispheres of cocoanut around the sharp teeth of the mother-of-pearl shell, the pure white meat falls in snowy showers into the receptacle provided.
From the veranda he had seen him fling sticks of exploding dynamite into a screeching mass of blacks who had come raiding from the Beyond in the long war canoes, beaked and black, carved and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, which they had left hauled up on the beach at the door of Meringe.
The silver colored dial sports a rim of subtle mother-of-pearl set with 8 diamonds, with a texture of hearts at the center of the dial.
As the double-faced snowcap rotates, it reveals mother-of-pearl on the one side and a satinated gold surface on the other side so that the wearer can effortlessly express her individual style.
To fully realize the concept, scarecrow-like husks sit on mother-of-pearl paddies, and 2,600 metallic rods symbolizing the grain's stalks rise from the flooring.
He translates them into solid forms using mother-of-pearl, kamagong and other kinds of local hardwood and, lately, steel.
Experts have nicknamed cloud formations like this"fire rainbows" or "rainbow clouds", however they're scientific names are nacreous, mother-of-pearl or iridescent clouds.
Choose a Swiss made watch with stainless steel case and gold-coloured finish, white dial with mother-of-pearl section, gold-plated hour markers and hands.
Mother-of-Pearl Antiques and Collectibles is not for the casual collector, but for the serious collector interested in the history, collection and art of carved mother-of-pearl.
While the outer layer of mollusk shells are composed of 95 percent chalk, which is brittle, they are coated with an extremely strong and tough layer of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, on the inside.
Each piece has a distinct personality, enhanced with a nickel, silver and mother-of-pearl finish and high-gloss veneers.
Bathrooms feature soaking tubs, Kohler fixtures and mother-of-pearl vanities.
With panoramic views of the runway and apron through the floor-to-ceiling windows, it offers comfortable seating, a mother-of-pearl reception counter, New Zealand wool carpet and an oval crystal chandelier designed by Kinney Chan from Hong Kong.
Kinney Chan, a famous Hong Kong interior designer has designed the new lounge, which comprises Mother-of-Pearl reception wall, signature Plaza crystal chandelier and the 100% New Zealand wool carpets.