Paua Shell Knotted Necklace and Earrings (SS112)
Paua shell (or abolone to give it its other name) is not something I use that often but I couldn't resist buying these at a recent bead and gemstone fair. They are 12mm discs, as light as anything, which I have knotted between to give the necklace strength and fluidity. I reserved a couple of the beads to make the earrings.
The markings and colours are beautiful and each bead is different, but each displaying the wonderful iridescence of the greens, blues, purples and pinks that abalone is known for.
Paua, harvested ethically in New Zealand, is the Maori name for this edible sea snail. Most of the shell used in jewellery is laminated - a layer of the beautiful inside of the shell fixed onto wood, or other pieces of shell. I think these are on wood.
The necklace is 17" (435mm) long and fastens with a sterling silver toggle clasp. All metal parts, including the earrings are sterling silver.
Shimmer and shine with this one!