Solid recycled Copper earrings cast from an actual Paua (Abalone) shell. The curves and intricate detail of this iconic New Zealand shell are beautifully captured in this handcrafted design. The copper has been flame-oxidised to a rich red colour and the earrings hang freely from recycled sterling silver hooks.
Hooks handcrafted from recycled Sterling Silver.
Note: no cute little baby pāua were harmed in the making of these earrings, they are cast from a mould taken from shells found on the beach! Each size is cast from a unique shell.
Baby Paua Small: Paua size 14mm (0.55in), Total length 26mm (1.02in)
Baby Paua Regular: Paua size 18mm (0.7in), Total length 30mm (1.18in)
Baby Paua Large: Paua size 25mm (1in), Total length 39mm (1.5in)
While they’re known as ‘abalone’ in other countries, larger pāua can mostly be found in the fresh, cold seas of the lower North Island, South Island, Chatham Islands and Stewart Island. They are caught by free-diving.
To make pāua babies, the male and female pāua wait until the perfect time (they just know) and then, together, eject millions of eggs or sperm into the water at the same time through those holes you see in their shells. It then mingles, becomes pāua lavae, and some will one day head down to start life as a rock dwelling adult pāua.
New Zealand’s pāua industry is managed by strict quotas, which will only allow a certain amount of them to be harvested each year, with severe penalties for those who break the law. This makes for a sustainable fishery.