Honor on the NZ Abalone Paua

Did you know? The Latin name of Paua is Hallotis Iris after Iris, The Greek goddess of the Rainbow! The New Zealand Species of abalone has inherited the most varied colours in the world, which include many tones of iridescent greens, turquoise blues, and purples. Interestingly there doesn’t seem to be a known reason for this captivating variance in colour shades: simply an accidental aesthetic of the shell structure, made of slow grown successive layers of Calcium Carbonate. Even a 0.3mm thin slice of shell still has several growth layers reflecting the light: a richness that is preserved in all our veneer sheets.

Humans and Paua: a sustainable Relationship?
Careful Harvest

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