New Zealand Paua Shell Pieces
Paua Shell In the Maori language, paua is the name given to the Abalone (Haliotis Iris) species, this shellfish is found only in the coastal waters of New Zealand. There are two primary uses of paua; firstly, it is harvested for its meat, which is considered a traditional Maori delicacy; secondly, the shells are used to make jewellery and other gift items.
Paua is the most sought-after of the hundreds varieties of Abalone. This is due to the vibrant, iridescent colours and patterns of its shell. The brilliant greens, blues, pinks, purples are due to the crystal layers that contain protein and calcium.
It is believed that abalone strengthens the body as well as the heart. If a person wears jewellery made from paua shells, it is said that he can express his feelings to others articulately. They are believed to bring sensitivity, harmony, and connectivity in relationships. As this shell is found in a number of colours, it represents the beauty of life, which is ‘change’ that we experience every day.