Mabe Pearl Pendant
Mabe Pearl in pink mounted on a sterling silver custom bezel setting with an 18-inch herringbone chain.
Mabe Pearls: A Dramatic Dome
The mabe pearl gets its name from the type of mollusk in which it is grown, the Pteria penguin, which is called "mabe-gai" in Japanese. A mabe pearl is actually a cultured blister pearl that is grown differently than other cultured pearls. Instead of being grown inside the body of a mollusk creature, a mabe pearl is grown against the inside of the shell. This allows the mabe pearl to develop a dome shape with a flat back, and is why mabe pearls are sometimes referred to as "half pearls".
Mabe Pearl Jewelry Care & Handling
Like all pearl jewelry, mabe pearls are on the softer side (2.5-4.5 on the Mohs scale) and need some special care. Avoid getting perfume, hair spray, cosmetics, or any beauty products on your mabe pearl jewelry as these items could damage the pearls' luster. To clean your mabe pearl jewelry, wipe with a soft cloth after each wearing. You can use mild soapy water once in a while for deeper cleaning. Make sure your mabe pearl rings, earrings, and pendants are dry before wearing. Store your mabe pearl jewelry separately.