- May 3, 2023
These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the info about the tops of trumpet valves being MOP. I didn't know that. You learn something every day!!Perhaps you have wondered about the name I choose for this forum? "Mother of Pearl Trumpet" I have a degree in Music with a specialty in Applied Trumpet. That means I perform and teach trumpet. I am also a choir director and music department administrator. Pearls are my side passion. The tops of trumpet valves are Mother of Pearl. From my earliest recollection I remember my father saying how much he loved the Mother of Pearl on the trumpet valves...he was a Chemist and was therefore always very interested in lovely stone/metal/pearl materials and jewelry of all kinds. In his later years especially, he gave my mother many beautiful pieces. Below is pictured the tops of trumpet valves. Also pictured is a lovely Tahitian bracelet and necklace my Dad purchased for my mother. He purchased this close to the end of his battle with cancer. He had my brother take him to the jewelry store to pick these out for her because he was too weak and sick to drive. They were the last gift he gave her before passing. She cherishes them for that reason...knowing how sick he was but still wanting to show his love for her with lovely jewelry. I restrung them for her this past year.
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