Paua shell has a pearlescent luster so brilliant that it is sometimes called the sea opal and is used for imitation opal doublets. For centuries the indigenous Maori people have used the Mother of Pearl of the Paua Mussel from New Zealand, which has a blue-green iridescent color play, for inlays in mystical carvings. New Zealand’s polished paua shells are customary souvenirs because of their beautiful blue, purple, gold and green hues. Paua is the most colorful shell in the world, other abalone have some color, but not the brilliance of Paua. Paua shellfish are black and the interior of the shell has cloudy waves of rainbow colors with blues and green being dominant.
Pendant Size: 3/8” tall X 1/4” wide
Paua Shell Special Care: Avoid knocking or scraping jewelry set with natural paua. It is not advisable to wear your paua jewelry when playing sport, gardening and performing household tasks like washing dishes and showering. Do not expose to chlorine bleach or any other chemicals! Water immersion can break down the glue bond holding the turquoise to the setting.
Jewelry Tips for wearing a necklace
· Remove any necklaces before going to bed or taking a nap. Tossing and turning can cause excessive strain on necklaces which can result in kinking, weaknesses and breakage. Remember your neck and head weigh about 11lbs and your necklace weights about 5grams. Wearing your necklace to bed is like a semi hitting a deer. You know who survives that accident before it even happens. Please do not wear your jewelry to bed or when taking a nap.
· Remove your jewelry before you shower or bath. Necklace ends that are glued together such as our leather and twisted cords will erode from the water, causing the ends to unravel and come apart over time. Soap also clouds jewelry making it loose its luster.
· Remove your jewelry before you enter a swimming pool or Jacuzzi. The chemicals used both in the water and floating in the air will discolor Sterling Silver instantly and cause Bronze to permanently tarnish.
For more jewelry tips see our Jewelry Care Tips
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