Mother of Pearl Button Jewelry

Mother of Pearl ButtonsMother of pearl, or “MOP” buttons are made from the clam or mussel shell. Musatine, Iowa was once considered the “pearl button” capital of the world. With its proximity to the river, it had a steady supply of shells.

MOP buttons were an “everyday” button. Older MOP buttons are often beautifully carved, but harder to come by as they did not stand up well to multiple washings.