The paua shell – treasure from the sea

It has been just 12 short months since I was fortunate enough to join the Ariki Family and be able to immerse myself in the Paua Shell Jewelry manufacturing process which takes place in our factory here in Blenheim New Zealand. Located in the heart of the world famous Sauvignon Blanc wine making region we certainly live in paradise.

I’ve learnt so much along the way that I can’t wait to share this new found knowledge with you all….the fascinating world of the iconic Paua, this jewel of the sea also known as ‘Sea Opal’ is unique to New Zealand and the most colourful species of Abalone.

Regarded by Maori (New Zealand Indigenous people) as ‘Taonga’ or treasure. Legend has it that Paua was a special gift from The God of the Sea and I can certainly see why this would be believed.

There is no other shell in the world that has the colours like the Paua Shell – I have seen that the swirls in the natural shell vary considerably- from intense greens and pinks to purples and deep blues – vibrant changing rainbows of colour, no two shells are identical.
These iridescence colours change with the light as I view them at different angles, they hold me transfixed and mesmerised by their beauty.
Please feel free to check back each week and join me on my fascinating journey.