On one of my first visits to New Zealand, I came across a most stunning natural material found in the living ocean. Paua shell or abalone as it is sometimes referred to, exhibits the most inspiring colour palette. Irridescent blues, greens and silver are most frequently displayed and in differing intensities.
I have been fortunate in finding various sized pieces of paua shell to use in my jewellery making process. Over the last few years I have designed and sold several pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings all which included a feature of paua shell. Below is my latest pendant necklace with this beautiful material and can be found in my etsy shop, @gojjell
Other work involving the use of paua shell which I found browsing Etsy and which might interest you include the following:
Paua shell and wood belt buckle Paua shell inlay cross
Naya Goddess with paua shell