Mother of pearl is a natural substance that is formed as an inner shell layer of certain molluscs, such as oysters, abalone, and mussels. The substance is made up of a combination of calcium carbonate and a protein called conchiolin, and it has a lustrous, iridescent appearance that makes it highly prized for decorative and ornamental purposes.
Mother of pearl is often used in jewellery and decorative objects, such as buttons, inlay work, and furniture accents. It can be cut and polished into various shapes and sizes, and the iridescent quality of the material gives it a unique and beautiful more...
In the early 19th century etiquette dictated that upper class ladies and gentlemen should carry a visiting card, also known as a calling card, being a small paper card, about the size of present day business cards, printed with the individual's details, and often bearing an artistic design.
In 19th century England, the caller or the footmen accompanying the caller (if he or she was very important) would deliver the visiting cards to the servants of their prospective hosts, introducing the arrival of the card bearer.
Card cases solely for the purpose of holding visiting cards were introduced at more...
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