| Price is per 16-inch strand of these unusual frame beads - about 12 frames to the strand. Each measures a large 23mm x 3mm, drilled as in picture (see thread). So called "Frames" because they look like the frame of spectacles! |
Though mother of pearl is quite widespread around the world, its assumption of the aspect of a magnificent branch of the arts after a past of many centuries began when it came into the hands of the Ottoman Turks. (nā“ker) or nacre , the iridescent substance that forms the lining of the shells of fresh-water and some salt-water mollusks. Like the pearl it is a secretion of the mantle, composed of alternate layers of calcium carbonate and conchiolin. Among the chief sources are the pearl oyster, found in warm and tropical seas.