Mother of Pearl Cremation Urns

Mother of Pearl Cremation Urns

Beautiful Mother of Pearl cremation urns are shimmering works of art to honor your loved one. 

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Mother of Pearl hummingbird urn features a highly polished navy blue enamel with sparkling moth..
Beautiful Free Bird is designed to safely store the ashes of an adult. Doves in flight are crafted f..
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Mother of Pearl combined with a highly polished brass surface makes a beautiful cremation urn. Mothe..
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Hummingbird Urn for ashes features a highly polished emerald green surface with mother of pearl humm..
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Mother of Pearl Small Urn combines a highly polished golden brass surface inlayed with glowing mothe..
This butterfly cremation urn will hold the ashes of an adult. Traditional vase shaped design in a go..
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This mini butterfly cremation urn will hold a small token amount of ashes. Traditional vase shaped d..
Ruby red cremation urn safely stores the ashes of an adult. Traditional vase shape with a rich mirro..
Mother of Pearl Child Urn combines a highly polished silver surface with glowing mother of pearl inl..
Mother of Pearl Pet Urn combines a highly polished silver brass surface inlayed with glowing mother ..
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This cremation box is a gorgeous blend of light and dark mother of pearl and abalone creates a beaut..
Mother of pearl mourning doves glisten against a dark ruby background and pay tribute to the gentle ..
Beautiful mother of pearl cremation box shimmers and glows on this box style container. Lid lifts an..
Mother of Pearl Pet Urn combines a highly polished golden brass surface inlayed with glowing mother ..
Midnight blue cremation urn with an anchor made from mother of pearl. The anchor has always been a s..
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The Beauty of Mother of Pearl Cremation Urns

One of the more popular yet delicate-looking style of cremation urns available are those made with mother of pearl. Also commonly known as nacre, this mineral is an organic material found on the outer coating of pearls, as well as the inner layer of pearl oysters and freshwater pearl mussel shells.

Mother of pearls are made from mollusks, specifically abalones and oysters, which secrete a calcium carbonate, a generally harder mineral. Mother of pearl is not only resilient, but strong and lustrous. Many of the funeral urns that utilize this material, use thin layers of the shell as inlay to form beautiful designs found in nature such as hummingbirds, fish, trees, and flowers. Usually a dark glossy lacquer is used to showcase the shimmering mother of pearl shell. Other mother of pearl designs feature small square chips of the mother of pearl inlayed on a highly polished golden brass, sparkling silver cremation urn or box, and then topped with a layer of clear coat to protect and create a smooth finish. 

Mother of Pearl Urns: Properties and Characteristics

Mother of pearl is typically very glossy or shiny white, but can have a gray or iridescent tint. Its resilience comes from its layered structure, which is flexible and resistant to fractures. It is quite soft in comparison to most metals and gemstones. While this makes the nacre easy to work with, it is more prone to scratches. 

The iridescence makes mother of pearl attractive because its aragonite crystals have different ranges of thickness that are very close to the wavelengths of visible light. Some of the light goes through the layers while some are reflected. What makes nacre unique is the small irregularities found on each piece.

Mother of Pearl has New Age and traditional healing properties. Some say it is used to attract prosperity, while others feel it heighten intuition, imagination and psychic sensitivity. 

Uses for Mother of Pearl

Today, mother of pearl can be found in a variety of decorative items including architecture, musical instruments, fashion, jewelry, urns and more. When it comes to architectural purposes, nacre is often times artificially tinted to almost any color. It can be cut into shapes and mounted to fiberglass, marble bases or ceramic tiles. They are used to create mosaics that when polished, creates a durable yet glossy finish.

 In the fashion world, mother of pearl is used in buttons, as well as in decorate watches and jewelry. Interestingly, a nacre inlay is commonly used in music keys and other motifs on various musical instruments, such as accordion and concertina cases, guitar fingerboards and violin and cello bows.