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.
It has an off-centered subdial at 2 o'clock and its watch face blends luminescent mother-of-pearl with the sparkle of diamonds, mounted on the horns and bezel.
Pearl and mother-of-pearl encrusted, 100 percent crinkled-silk cami, fully lined.
They include mother-of-pearl figures and ornaments, incised ceramic figurines, ceramic stamps for decorating pottery or other surfaces, copper bells and needles, polished bone segments presumably used in jewelry, and a variety of sophisticated stone implements.
The work is set in terrazzo with mother-of-pearl for the floor of the rotunda of the new campus center of University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
In teeth and mother-of-pearl, the matrix creates large biomineralization compartments where long crystals can form.
Inspired by tribal art, the "Esprits Originels" Collection draws together organic materials and softly rounded natural stones: large bracelets in ebony or white mother-of-pearl, necklaces of round wooden beads with sparkling touches of amazonite or pink quartz, a long necklace gleaming with grey iridescent mother-of-pearl.
mother superior Antique lace caresses a disc of gem-quality mother-of-pearl. $449, Joan Michlin Galleries.
Tonda Metropolitaine in Rose Gold Set White Mother-of-Pearl Parmigiani Fleurier presents a new Tonda Metropolitaine version with a feminine timepiece that incorporates a white mother-of-pearl dial with a diamond-set bezel.
Kim Jeong-yeoul, an artisan of "najeonchilgi," or lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, has stopped working on it since 2008 when he went through the most difficult time in his life.
Though the gun would be worth more if it remained in its original state, however, I think the mother-of-pearl inlays do give it certain flair and the decoration is certainly part of the gun's history.
Kept deliberately minimalistic, the dials are worked entirely in mother-of-pearl or block color, interrupted only by the Charriol logo at 12 o'clock and hour indexes or 12 diamonds.