Mother of pearl11:57 am
Mother of Pearl is a material that is sometimes used in making the dials of luxury watches. The material is found in the outer coating of pearl, which is why it is named so. Its most distinguishing feature is its iridescence, which makes it appear to change colour when viewed from different angles.
Mother of Pearl is known to have a high degree of resilience, which is why it is such a sought-after material. For commercial purposes, the material is sourced mostly from the pearl oyster or from freshwater pearl mussels.
Many luxury watchmakers use Mother of Pearl to give an intriguing effect to their timepieces. The iridescent quality of the material makes it rather interesting to look at. The dial may look a shade of green from one angle and turquoise from another. That’s the beauty of this material which makes it so desirable. People adore this quality in mother of pearl. Naturally, watches with mother of pearl dials are more expensive than watches without them.
Mother of pearl is a rather delicate material to work with. It takes a great deal of effort and highly skilled workmanship to make a dial from mother of pearl that can be used in a timepiece. Depending on the particular design of the timepiece and the various features that will be present on the dial, the entire process of creating the dial can take more than dozens of steps. When used in making dials, the material is exceptionally thin and quite brittle. It is liable to breaking and needs to be handled with great care. The entire process of manufacturing a mother of pearl dial can take anywhere between four and six weeks.
The most important aspect of creating a mother of pearl dial is shell selection. One needs to find and select the perfect shell. After this, the shells are crushed and machined into sheets that are 0.2 mm thin. From these, the round shapes are cut which are used in making dials of watches. The dials can be engraved or finished with all sorts of patterns. The colours can also be enhanced through the use of painting, varnishing and lacquering. The material is also polished to bring out its inherent shine.
Mother of pearl can be found in timepieces from many brands. Here are a few watches which have been adorned with this intriguing material: