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Nacre

The iridescent material that is a component of a pearl and of mother-of-pearl. It is the secretion from the mantle of certain molluscs and consists of crystalline calcium carbonate (carbonate of lime) and conchiolin.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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