|Posted by splashofice on May 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM|
Our latest summer shell collection has now been added. Please feel free to have a good look and don't forget, we do sell chains and all items are boxed.
Our Shell collection is predominately made with Paua Shell.
Paua shell is the Maori name given to a group of shells also known as Abalone, it means opal of the sea. Abalone is quite rare in its natural habitat therefore jewellery you see made from this shell comes from sustainable farms.
The piece of shell used to make this stunning jewellery has been created by nacre which is a fluid released by the Abalone Larvae. It secretes the nacre when it is irritated by foreign objects that enter its shell. This nacre then dries hard onto the inside of the shell. The colour of the shell is very variable from species to species. The iridescent nacre of the shell varies in colour from silvery white, to pink, red and green-red, through to Haliotis iris, which shows predominantly deep blues, greens and purples. The white Abalone is extremely rare and you will not see this in jewellery.
Farming of abalone began in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Japan and China. Since the mid-1990s, there have been many increasingly successful endeavours to commercially farm abalone for the purpose of consumption. Over-fishing and poaching have reduced wild populations to such an extent that farmed abalone now supplies most of the abalone meat consumed. The principal abalone farming regions are China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. Abalone is also farmed in Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States.
You may have noticed that the colours of our latest collection are very bright. When Making Jewellery from shell it is usually reinforced with a resin on the back so that it prevents the shell being easily damaged, although Abalone is a very strong shell which is not easily shattered, it just gives the item a better setting. With our latest range our designer has chosen to use different colour resins on the front of the piece. It is very clever and gives a stunning effect, also each piece is reversible as the abalone shell is raw on the reverse.
If you have any questions about the Shell or any of our products please do not hesitate to contact us.
|Posted by splashofice on February 12, 2010 at 5:39 PM|
This is the Start of our new Blog Page. We will use this blog page to pass on all the latest news of the jewellery world. From the latest trends to interesting information about the stones. Diane will also add Blogs about her latest range for Splash by DCG, our own collection. Today Ive added more than 30 new items and added events to our calendar. We are looking forward to a busy weekend at Southend and hope to see you there.