Also known as blister pearls, mabé pearls are beautiful and exotic pieces of jewellery that everyone wants to wear. Here are 5 things you should know about them!
What are mabé pearls?
Mabé pearls are also known as half pearls; they grow against the inside of an oyster’s shell and have a hemispherical shape with a flat back.
Where are they found?
Mabé pearls are naturally occurring. They are not expensive, unless produced by a rare species of mollusc.
How are they made?
Mabé pearls need some work before they are distributed for use in jewellery. A circle-bit drill cuts the blister from the mollusc shell after which the nucleus is removed and the hole is filled with resin. A piece of mother-of-pearl is capped on the back to complete the look.
Jewellery made from mabé pearls
Different types of mabé pearls
- Penguin’s Wing Oyster
- Rainbow-Lipped Pearl Oyster
- White-Lipped Pearl
- Gold Lipped South Sea Pearl
- Abalone Mabé Pearl