Paua (Sidef) belong to the molluscan genus Haliotis, more commonly known as abalones. The name Haliotis derives from Greek and means sea ear, reflecting the ear-like shape of the abalone shell.
The Paua is renowned throughout the world not only for its beautiful shell but also for its edible dark, full flavoured flesh. The shellfish is black and the interior of the shell has waves of colours with blues and greens being dominant.
These colourful shells are found in the waters of New Zeeland. For many centuries the Maori people (New Zealand’s indigenous race) have used the Paua (Sidef) shell for personal adornment and as ornamental inlay eyes for the carvings that decorated their weapons and meeting houses.
Here, at alwayscass, after a long process of caring and polishing, we use this colourful shell to make beautiful jewellery like these amazing brooches or earrings and bracelets. They have a very distinct colour and they can produce an amazing piece of art.