MOP stands for "mother of pearl" and jewelry made with this material seems to be getting more popular!
Mother of pearl is a smooth, iridescent substance that forms the inner layer of the shell of some mollusks, especially oysters and abalones. So..."pearls" have formed inside a shell in their "pearl" shape. Mother of pearl, on the other hand, is made of the inner layer of the shell itself.
Freshwater pearls are so pretty but I also see the allure of mother of pearl, especially in that they can be quite large and unusually shaped.
I am Laura Teague and you may as well know right up front that I am obsessed with sterling silver.
I have been making sterling silver (and sometimes gold) jewelry for about 15 years. I am largely self taught (lots and lots of practice!) but have also taken classes with local and nationally known metal workers.
Originally from Arkansas I currently live and work in my adopted home state, Louisiana, where we regularly dodge hurricanes but enjoy the wonderful people and food here!