Abalone is one of the ocean's most radiant gems. Paua is a particularly stunning species of Abalone (Haliotis iris) found along the coast of New Zealand. Abalone shells are dark and dull on the outer surface, but the inside nacre displays a miraculous play of light and color. The hypnotically undulating colors within the shell exhibit an iridescent shimmer comparable to opal. These Abalone shell glue-on cabochons are dyed and coated in a protective lacquer that also enhances the sheen of the cabochon.
These are very vibrant, swirled rainbow colors, much more vivid than abalone. Epoxy-coated top protects against breakage, provide stability and enhance iridescence. From New Zealand, paua shell has traditionally been used to stimulate creativity and imagination. As paua shell is a natural material, colors may vary.