Scientific name: Pinctada Maxima
It is commonly named “Australia” because of its main source country and it defines the mother of pearl finest quality for its white colour and size.
This natural material comes from the pearl shells, it is made of the shell internal layer, it has a light colour and iridescent brightness, due to aragonite and conchiolin components.
We only select those shells ruled by international laws for sea ecosystem safeguard and protection.
Another shell quality is called “Trocas”, whose scientific name is Trochus Niloticus.
It has conic shape and originates mainly from Indonesian, Indian and African seas.
In nature you can also find the shell called “River Shell” (scientific name: Cristaria Discoidea), that is common in fresh water.
It is quite small, optic white coloured and not very iridescent.
Another bibalve shell is “Tahiti”, whose name also refers to its Polinesian origin.
Its scientific name is Pictada Margaritifera. It is characterized by a pearl grey colour and high iridescence.
We also use “Akoya” shells (scientific name: Pictada Martensii), that come from Japanese seas. It is a very small and thin shell and you can use it only for the cheapest buttons.