In Peru, Mother of Pearl is called Nacar. The shells are collected and polished just as they are in other parts of the world, but the Artisan Jewelry in Peru is especially fascinating. Each piece is handcrafted with attention to detail, by artisans who have usually trained since they were very young. In Peru it’s much more common to find a completely handcrafted piece of jewelry, because traditional handicrafts are still an important part of the local culture. Whereas other countries have become so industrialized that virtually all jewelry is mass-produced in factories, Peru has maintained its old world charm and artisan markets. There you’ll find Peruvian Stone and Shell Jewelry, Gourd Jewelry and Huayruro Jewelry. The most exquisite designs are handcrafted from .950 sterling silver, like the Peruvian Nacar Pendant in the photo.