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Global exports from Austria’s one and only mother-of-pearl producer

10. November 2015

A small family-run company produces the world's most admired mother-of-pearl buttons as well as jewellery and components for interior design and gift items.

There used to be almost 100 workshops in Austria dedicated to making buttons from mother of pearl, now there is only one company committed to this craft – RM Perlmuttdesign GmbH (in German) .

It is not only renowned fashion designers who know that natural products like mother of pearl lend an air of sophistication; international companies also rely on RM Perlmuttdesign to craft their products. The main buyers of mother-of-pearl buttons are the top fashion houses, shirt manufacturers, prominent producers of Trachten and knitwear, as well as textile manufacturers.

The shimmering substance is used in jewellery and gift items and can be incorporated into interior elements such as tiles and parquet flooring on request.

Founded in 1911, the family-owned company processes around 25 tonnes of shells a year, most of which come from Indonesia. 90% of production is exported.