Mother of Pearl
Reasonably Common Patterns

by Stu Horn

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Ribbon, Stripe, or Striped

Seen vertical and somewhat swirled.

Flower and Acorn

How this one acquired its name is a mystery to me as I see neither flowers nor acorns. Seems to have a bit more relief than some other patterns.

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Click to see larger image. Swirl

Some pieces have a more specific name such as the Pompeian Swirl of Stevens & Williams. Found in right and left hand versions. Spacing can vary.

Moiré
also known as
Watered Silk

Graduated somewhat erratic concentric rings – resembling a maze - much variation.

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Click to see larger image. Raindrop

Thumbprint like circular drops.

Zipper

Resembles Stevens & Williams Jewel Glass pattern with addition of air traps.

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Hobnail

Rounded hobnail like projections containing the trapped air.