The shellfish (haliotis iris) used by Ariki, although part of the abalone family, is unique to New Zealand’s environmentally pure coastal waters. The Paua is renowned throughout the world not only for its beautiful shell but also for its edible dark, full flavoured flesh.
For many centuries the Maori people (New Zealand’s indigenous race) have used the Paua shell for personal adornment and as ornamental inlay eyes for the carvings that decorated their weapons and meeting houses.
Today the same opalescent blues, rich greens and luminous fiery flashes are used to create stunningly beautiful jewellery, worn with pride and panache by women and men throughout the world.
Paua is often referred to as the Sea Opal due to its blue/green colourings and the incredible swirls that create individual patterns on each and every piece of jewellery.
These beautiful shells have been polished to reveal the stunning rainbow of colours unique to New Zealand's Paua Shells.
These shells work great as Ashtrays used for Smudging & Incense burning.
Approximately 5x4x1.5 inches / 13x10x4cm
Approximately 50-80g ea