Are you looking to buy a gift for your first wedding anniversary? Not finding inspiration in any paper-related items? You could then consider a gemstone product. Mother of pearl symbolises the first anniversary, and there are certainly many items available that incorporate this beautiful gemstone. Each piece of mother of pearl has hand carvings from the shell, and therefore, unique in its appearance. Here I have given you a choice of two different compact mirrors, some delicate goblets and an elegant ice bucket. I hope you enjoy browsing the gifts and learn something from the facts and figures below.
Mother of Pearl Facts and Figures
- It is the name of the blend of minerals from an oyster’s secretions in their shells. This protects them from outside objects and parasites
- It is different from an actual pearl, despite its composition of the same substance
- The oyster shell may have different coatings. However, it is not a true mother of pearl unless it is iridescent
- The highest quality mother of pearl has a faint glow and a multi-coloured effect
- As jewellery, it is organic, a living entities creation
Mother of Pearl Compact Mirror
The most obvious choice would be an item of jewellery, but for something a little more unique, then this compact mirror would be perfect. The Oriental motif on the natural mother of pearl plate is absolutely stunning. It features cranes, mandarin ducks, deer, flowers and a pine tree, symbols of peace and longevity. The reverse of the mirror has a plain surface.
Nature and landscapes are a common motif in Asian and Oriental cultures, with different flower and fauna having their own meanings. The graceful crane situated by the pine tree sends a combined message of wishing a couple to have a long life together. The deer symbolises longevity and riches, as they were thought to live a great age. A pair of mandarin ducks represents loyalty, as they mate for life.
The mother of pearl shimmers and catches the light as you unfold the mirror and is sure to be a talking point. Once open, two mirrors are revealed; one normal and one magnifying for close-ups. The slim compact design fits easily into any handbag or purse. It comes with an attractive pale blue gift box, with a white swirl motif.
Mother of Pearl Carp Mirror
If you prefer something a little more colourful, then a different design is available from the same manufacturer. This one features carp swimming in a pond with overhanging flowers and is again made with a high-quality mother of pearl inlay. The stainless steel compact measures the same size has two mirrors and also has a gift box.
The carp fish has an interesting legend attached to it, in that, if it is able to swim up China’s Yellow River, then leap over a mythical dragon gate, it will turn into a dragon itself. Thus, it symbolises the ability to overcome difficult and challenging obstacles, a trait often needed in a marriage. Koi carp are a prized species and can be worth thousands of pounds, and live to a great age.
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These elegant mirrors measure 8cm (3.1″) in diameter, have a 0.8cm thickness and weigh 132g. The manufacturer is Silver J Ltd of London, who began selling high-quality handmade mother of pearl products in 2004, and they are available from Amazon. Both the UK and international delivery is available.
Overall, I thoroughly recommend this product, not just for an anniversary, but any occasion when a unique and beautiful gift is required. The only downside that I can think of, is that I would prefer it to have its own pouch, to prevent any unwanted scratches. I use one from a previous compact mirror, but it would be nice to have one that matched.
Mother of Pearl Poetry
You may not think that mother of pearl may be featured in poetry, but it is a surprisingly common and popular theme. One of my particular favourites is called “The Daughter of the North Wind Sings in Soprano” by Susan Ashley. Mother of pearl is referenced as the colour of a horse, which I find quite imaginative.
she bestrides a clouded steed colored mother-of-pearl flowing with fury within which beats a blustery heart surging at jet stream speeds
Mother of Pearl Balloon Goblets
For a memorable gift, these stunning glasses would be absolutely perfect, and sure to be a talking point, whether used every day or saved for special occasions. The transparent mother of pearl finish is handpainted by craftsmen, creating almost an optical illusion. They are quite hypnotic to look at! They hold a generous 650ml of liquid and are supplied in attractive packaging. I have chosen this particular shape, the balloon goblet, as it shows off the mother of pearl effect at its best. However, I actually own the white wine glass set, which has more of a pearly white finish.
Mother of Pearl Champagne Bucket
For those couples who enjoy the finer things in life, perhaps you could treat them to this gorgeous champagne bucket? The strong and durable stainless steel design is offset by an attractive mother of pearl inlay, which wraps around the entire bucket. It is easy to carry, using the hooped handles, and will add style and elegance to any dinner party or social occasion.
Expertly crafted in India, it is easy to clean using soap and water and measures a useful 21 cm x 21 cm, weighing 599g. Not just available in the UK, this stunning object can be shipped worldwide. A matching, elegant ice bucket is also available.
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I hope you have found some inspiration here on your search to find the ideal mother of pearl gift. Feel free to add any comments or questions, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Perhaps you have some suggestions of your own, or want to share your story of how you celebrated your memorable first wedding anniversary?
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