The gold back of Kanukama mother of pearl buttons

An oxymoron - gold mother of pearl

While our mother of pearl buttons are of an exceptional pearlescent white, they can have a variety of different colours crossing their surface.  Dominating the colour possibilities is, amazingly, gold. 

Our mother of pearl buttons are from the only oyster in the world that produces golden pearls.  The oyster, the rather underwhelmingly named Pinctada maximia, comes in two varieties – the silver-lipped and the gold-lipped.  Each has a different colour on the outer edge of the inside of their shells.   The silver-lipped has a mainly white nacre with a range of overtones from silver to pale pink.  The gold-lipped oysters produce a nacre with light gold hue to a deep orange gold tones.   So the colour of our buttons varies from a completely pearlescent white to ones with a golden hue.  Some can appear completely gold when the light hits them while others have a clear patch of gold in places.

The backs of our buttons are where you can really see the gold.  Unlike the mottled, dirty brown backs of the Akoya mother of pearl buttons, the backs of our buttons are dominated by a golden hue.  This makes a great colour contrast should someone see the back of your buttons when your clothes swish as you move.

The photo above shows the front and back of our buttons together with a matching pair of pearl earrings - a pair of white South Sea pearl earrings and a pair of the rare golden South Sea pearl earrings.

Our buttons are of an extremely high iridescence so they also pick up the colours of the material that they are on.  Mother of pearl is iridescent because of the layers of calcium carbonate which form the nacre; and these layers are similar to the wave length of light. The thicker the nacre, the more iridescent it is.  As our buttons come from a variety of oyster that has one of the thickest nacres, our buttons have an exceptional iridescence.   Our buttons can pick up on a single colour or a multitude, transforming themselves into a rainbow.

Kanukama mother of pearl buttons are more than just a sparkling white addition to your clothing, but are a never-ending infinite possibility of colour.

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