An edible mollusc, the hard shell of which has an iridescent lining, known as Mother-of-pearl.
Lining colours vary from silvery-white, green-red, and combinations of pinks and reds with blues, greens and purples.
Mother-of-pearl has been used for decorative purposes since the Renaissance, including embellishments for jewellery and metalware.
In the 17th century, it became fashionable as an Inlay for furniture.
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