925 Silver and Abalone Shell
Stunning ocean colours shimmer across these beautifully made stud earrings.
This is a handmade one of a kind piece. The picture is the piece you are purchasing. All items come boxed. To care for your item we advise not to silver dip anything with stones in as it will damage the stone. To clean your item use mild soaps and water to clean it, and avoid storing it with jewellery which may scratch it. Use silver cloth on the silver. These are precious pieces of jewellery and should be handled with care.
This pendant will be shipped first class recorded delivery
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.