Natural & Beautiful PAUA Shell
Size: Length 13cm, Height 4.5cm, Depth 9cm
New Zealand’s Natural Gem known as The jewel from the sea
The Natural & Beautiful PAUA shell are a species of Abalone (Haliotis Iris). It has a very special Shell.
The PAUA shell can only be found in the seas around New Zealand.
The marine snail eats seaweed and lives clinging to the rocks around most of New Zealand’s rocky shoreline, at a depth of around 1 – 10 metres.
The PAUA shell is the most colourful of all the Abalone Shells.
The MOST COLOURFUL SHELL
There is no other shell in the World that has colour like the natural & beautiful PAUA SHELL. Colours vary from greens and pinks to purples and blues.
The colour in the PAUA shell changes when viewed at different angles. This iridescence, is similar to that in the Mother of Pearl shell, but far more brilliant, it is what makes the PAUA shell so amazing as a gem material for use in jewellery. It is truly one of nature’s marvels. Each shell is different in its’ toning’s, and in the patterns within the shell. The black patterns in the shell come from layers of protein that are laid down between the layers of calcium crystals that make up the shell. The brilliant colours are from light being refracted within the crystal layers. The same effect that produces the iridescent colour found in Opals.
PAUA fishery is properly managed in a sustainable way. There is a quota management system and strictly enforced regulations controlling the size of PAUA taken. The PAUA divers can only free-dive to pry PAUA off the rocks. The use of air tanks is prohibited. So although PAUA stocks have been depleted, the sustainability of this natural resource appears ensured. The shell is a by product of catching PAUA for the meat. By purchasing a PAUA shell or piece of PAUA shell jewellery you are increasing the value of this resource and helping ensure that it continues to be managed in a sustainable way.