Saltwater Vs Freshwater mother of pearl surfaces?
There is a sizeable difference in price between our saltwater and freshwater offering. Why? Largely this is due to the size of the shell. The freshwater shellfish which is the source of our Bianco mother of pearl can grow to a vast size, this means we can produce a large number of mosaic tesserae per shellfish. Saltwater shellfish, however, are typically much rarer and smaller in size. It is this which makes our Innocence mother of pearl our most exclusive offering. The shells are typically only large enough to produce (3) – 25mm tesserae!
So the saltwater shellfish are rare, but how rare exactly? The saltwater fish which produce our innocence, tranquillity, golden promise, and midnight pearl, all grow in different oceans with no overlap. They all require specific conditions to live and specific nutrients which give them their unique colours.
Our Midnight Pearl is sourced from the French Polynesia, Tahiti and its surrounding islands. The shells are found at a maximum of 3″ wide by 1″ making very few tesserae per shell. Using only the finest shells means that within the iridescent reflections of midnight pearl you can find every colour of the rainbow.
Tranquillity is sourced from Indo-pacific waters and again tends to be a smaller shell measuring around 4.5″. The mother of pearl shell is brown in appearance and grows in a winged shape similar in appearance to a butterfly with closed wings. The shape results in few tesserae being produced from each shell. Despite its larger size than midnight pearl the two will produce the same average number of tesserae.
Our Golden Promise is sourced in the Philippines. It is the specific living conditions of the waters which give the shell its unique golden appearance. The same species of mollusc that create the shells grow in other oceans around the world. It is however only in the Philippines that the shell is produced with a stunning golden hue.
Innocence is found in the northern and western oceans surrounding Australia. More commonly found with a white appearance, the silver variant used for our innocence colourway is our most desirable finish. Due to the variance in the appearance of this shell, precise measures are followed to ensure our clients receive the finest possible consistency across their order.
Seduction, the last of our saltwater finishes is sourced from New Zealand and can reach a maximum size of 8″ (20cm). The shell is prized highly for its stunning turquoise colour and rainbow sheen. The marine mollusc responsible for the shell survives on seaweed and can only be harvested through freediving, the use of oxygen tanks is strictly prohibited to prevent over fishing.