I HAD TIMES WHERE I VE USED THE BACK SIDE OF THE SHELL AND NOT THE SHINING ONE AS SOMETIMES THEY HAVE AMAZING PATTERNS THAT I COULDNT RESIST TO SHOW AND SET!
THIS PIECE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THIS OCCASION, IS SET IN TEXTURED OXIDIZED SILVER THIS PIECE IS 4,1CM WIDE 2,1 CM LONG
It is only found in the sea around New Zealand. This marine mollusk eats seaweed and lives clinging to rocks at depths of 1-10 meters, normally along the shoreline. Paua Shell is the most colorful of all the abalone shells. Most other abalone are pale in comparison.
There is no other shell in the world that has the color like Paua Shell color that varies from greens & pinks to purples & blues and even some shells with gold or crimson tonings.
The color in the paua shell changes when viewed at different angles. This iridescence, similar to that of Mother of Pearl shell, but far more brilliant, is what makes 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 it’s color tonings, 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 that make up the shell. The brilliant colors are from light being refracted within the crystal layers. The same effect that the iridescent color found in Opals.
The paua fishery is properly managed is 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 byproduct of catching paua for their meat. By purchasing a piece of paua shell jewellery you are increasing the value of this resource and helping ensure that it continues to be a managed in a sustainable way.