Some things in life simply must shine … no matter what.
We have long been fascinated by shiny baubles and many—especially in the jewelry and marine biology industries—will know this week’s word.
But this is a nod to those who love luster without knowing or caring why. It’s time you learn … it isn’t nice to ignore Mother Nature …
NACRE (nāʹkɘr) n. Mother-of-Pearl; NACREOUS (nāʹkrē ɘs) adj. of or like nacre; yielding nacre; iridescent; lustrous. [WW #113]
And you thought it meant adding “N” for nature to acre, right? Well, in many cases, nacre does describe the beauty and wonder of Mother Nature.
Nacre is for example, the layer of inner shell of some mollusks that through nature’s divine development, creates the outer layer of a pearl, and is widely exploited for its multiple uses.
A common jewelry element, Mother-of-Pearl carving is a Bethlehem tradition established by Franciscan friars of Italy, dating back to the 15th century.
Although also a great way to shorten a shimmering description for tight word-count uses, nacre does not bring to mind the instant recognition of luminous brilliance.
Nacre is nice, but Mother Nature’s phrase is much more eloquent. Somehow, I can’t see “nacres of wisdom” becoming as iconic as “pearls of wisdom,” can you?
Word Challenge: NACRE. What is nacreous in your life? It doesn’t have to be jewelry. Think about it as you fit nacre into a lustrous week of iridescent writing!
Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)
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