How To Identify If Mother Of Pearl Is Real? Spotting What’s Fake

Holding a mother pearl

Mother of Pearl is a beautiful material that comes directly from the ocean floor. But like many natural materials, some manufacturers use a faux or fake version of the mother of pearl and try to pass it off as the real thing.

When considering a Mother of Pearl for home decor and home furnishing products, you need to ensure that the mother of pearl you were getting is the highest quality real Mother of Pearl. You can do some basic tests to help you ensure that the Mother of Pearl you are purchasing is a natural material and not the fake versions of mother of pearl.

Here Are Some of Our Top Ways to Ensure that the Mother of Pearl is a Real and Not Fake Mother of Pearl:

Real Mother Of Pearl Will Be Cold

One of the ways you can tell if the Mother of Pearl is real is to touch the Mother of Pearl. Does it feel cold to touch? The real Mother of Pearl is a bit like stone or granite, and it should have a cold feeling when you touch it.

If the Mother of Pearl does not have a coating on it, you can pick it up and put it on your cheek or in your hands and feel the natural coolness coming from the Mother of Pearl. If the Mother of Pearl is fake or plastic, it will not have this coolness but will almost feel hot or warm.

Real Mother Of Pearl Should Have Some Weight

There should be some weight to the real Mother of Pearl. It should not be super light like plastic but instead should have some substance.

The Mother of Pearl will have a bit of weight for its size. The weight of the Mother of Pearl for the size of the piece is an important indicator the Mother of Pearl is real.

Real Mother Of Pearl Is Not Uniformed

The most important way to know if your Mother of Pearl is real or fake is to look at the overall pieces and see if the piece is precisely uniform or has some differences. Mother of pearl is a natural item that comes from the oyster shells from the sea. Because of this, no two pieces would be exactly alike or the same.

On the other hand, it is unusually highly uniform if it is usually a fake piece of mother of pearl. Every piece you were looking at should have some variations or differences.

How uniform or how the pieces look the same is usually a dead giveaway between a real Mother of Pearl and a fake or faux mother of pearl. Genuine Mother of Pearl will always have some variation in the pearl. You may need to look very closely to find the variations, but there will be variations in each piece.

Real Mother Of Pearl Has Color Variations

A sample of Mother of Pearl, which has many colors

Another way to tell a real Mother of Pearl from the fake mother pearl is that usually real Mother of Pearl, even the pearl with the same color, can have slight color variations. That is why if you see real Mother of Pearl placed on a box or a table or another home decor or home furnishing object, you may find that there are some slight variations of colors between each of the Mother of Pearl tiles.

Mother of Pearl tray
A black tray that has a Mother of Pearl design
Sample Product of Mondoro

This goes back to the fact that the real Mother of Pearl is a natural item produced from the nacre and considered a natural yet organic-inorganic composite material. This means that the real Mother of Pearl will have natural variations.

Real Mother Of Pearl Is Strong and Resilient

The qualities of a real Mother Pearl are solid and resilient material. This means that it can usually withstand things as hot and cold and will not crack or break or have other problems.

Mother of Pearl Bowl
This bowl has an outside Mother of Pearl design
Sample Product of Mondoro

On the other hand, some of the fall or fake mother pearls may start to show cracks or other issues if placed in extreme cold or extreme heat. The plastic material would not be as strong or resilient as the natural mother of pearl materials.

Real Mother Of Pearl Has Iridescence Qualities

One of the extraordinary qualities that the real Mother of Pearl has is that it will have some natural iridescent qualities. Iridescent qualities on the surface of the mother of pearl will appear to change color gradually to the angle or the view or how the light hits it.

A vase that has a Mother of Pearl design
Sample Product of Mondoro

This type of iridescent quality of the natural Mother of Pearl is challenging for anyone to duplicate with a faux or fake Mother of Pearl. The reason is that the phony or the fake mother of pearl will not have the different intricate layers required to give the natural Mother of Pearl this iridescent quality.

Tapping The Pieces Together Will Show You If Real Or Fake

One way to know whether or not a Mother of Pearl is fake or real is if you rub the pieces together, there should be a slight bit of grain or sandiness.

Teeth test of Mother of Pearl
A woman does a test to pearl if it’s real or fake Mother of Pearl

Another way you can do this is to tap the mother pearl against her teeth, and it should click.

If you rub the Mother of Pearl together and it feels very smooth, it is usually always a fake Mother of Pearl. If you tap it on your teeth and find that it has a click, this would indicate that it is real Mother of Pearl.

We work a lot with Mother of Pearl, but all of the Mother of Pearl that we manufacture is real Mother of Pearl. We do not use any fake or faux mother of pearl.

We also love the look and feel of the real Mother of Pearl versus the fake or the faux mother of pearl. When you put the two of them side-by-side, you can easily tell the difference between the fake and the real Mother of Pearl; the real Mother of Pearl has all of the mother of pearl qualities that make it so special.

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Why Is It Called Mother Of Pearl? Pearls and Mother of Pearls

The name mother used in Mother of Pearl is thought to come from a nearly obsolete meaning of mother, which means “scrum, drugs, or leftover fifth.” This would be because the Mother of Pearl comes from the leftover shell of the oyster, clam, or mussel. The scientific name for Mother of Pearl is nacre.

You can discover more by reading Why Is It Called Mother Of Pearl? Pearls and Mother of Pearls by clicking here.

What is the Mother of Pearl Shell Used in Home Decor Products?

Mother of pearl, which is also known by the scientific name of nacre, is a pearl layer on the inner layer of the oyster shell. This pearl layer of the oyster is taken off the outer oyster shell. Then the leftover inner pearl shell is then cut into various small shapes and sizes to be then glued to various home decors products such as mirrors, boxes, trays, and lamp bases.

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Anita Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Hummel. I am the President of Mondoro. I am passionate about helping you CREATE, DEVELOP, and MANUFACTURE home decor and home furnishing products. I am also an avid blogger with a love of travel and riding my motorcycle around the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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