Beautifully handcarved Pounamu (New Zealand Jade) pendant by Queenstown artist Luke Leaf. Measures 4.5cm x 3.5cm, strung on a black waxed cord.

Paua is the Maori name given to three species of large edible sea snails. They are found in the deep waters off of the South Island of New Zealand near the Antarctic. This deep cold water produces a hard shell with rich deep beautiful color. Colours vary as the shell is viewed at different angles ranging from vibrant blues, to greens to purples, with an iridescence shine.

The Maori named the shells Paua and have used the Paua Shell in their native art for centuries. The shell is held in high regard as a treasure from the God of the sea.