Our paua jewelry ocean-inspired pin blends one of nature's most gorgeous materials with a distinctive sterling silver surf setting, creating a true statement piece!
Jenny Byrne, Zealandia's founder and lead designer, fell in love paua shell's radiant colors years ago and couldn't wait to feature them in her jewelry collections. Like Jenny, paua is native to New Zealand. It is their specific type of abalone. Paua is an important industry to the Maori people, and it is available in three distinctive types with each shell offering a varied shade of pearlescent material.
The shell featured in this ocean pin will vary from piece to piece - you can expect peacock, deep teal, and iridescent greens and blues to sunset pinks in your particular pin. No two pieces of shell are identical, and the watery ripple patterns help to make each pin a truly unique treasure.
We are proud to support the Maori's rich economic tradition with our paua jewelry collection. Free divers gather the paua from the rocks around New Zealand's coastlines, and the shell is valued across the world for its striking beauty.