Why You Should Buy Wholesale Paua Jewelry












What is Paua?

Paua shell jewelry (sometimes referred to as a sea opal) is made from Abalone sea shells, which actually comes from three snail species native to New Zealand. The snails are actually edible delicacies, especially for the Maori. In fact, there is a black market for the Abalone meat.

There are strict farming restrictions for Paua that are gathered both recreationally and for commercial use. Recreational fishers can only catch 10 a day. This means they are gathered in a sustainable fashion and the sale of a Paua shell anklet, for example, would increase the value of the shells. According to The Paua Industry, “as of 2003, the total asset value of paua resource managed under the QMS (Quota Management System) was #330 millions.

Why Paua Jewelry Is So Popular

Paua jewelry is a contemporary jewelry that has natural beauty that varies in every piece. The shells can vary in color from blues, greens, pinks, purples, gold and even crimson shades. Paua is iridescent, so different angles show varying hues. This is similar to a mother of pearl, but even more vivid. In fact, paua shells were commonly used in Maori carvings as eyes (particularly red hues) and are also associated with the stars (or eyes of ancients gazing from the night sky).

Paua shell bracelets are a popular way for showing off these unique shells, since we can jingle our wrists and show off their colors. People love to wear natural jewelry as well.











Paua Pearls

Paua pearls are another jewelry option that goes well with the popularity of pearls or pearl-shaped beads. Basically, the shells are fitted with implants that are the shape of a pearl. The paua are nurtured for 2-3 years, where they produce the coating that creates the pearl. Once they are primed, the meat is removed to get to the pearl (sort of like oysters). This creates many jewelry options that would replace ordinary pearl jewelry.

Paua Jewelry on Celebrities

For Xena: Warrior Princess fans, a fun fact is that Xena’s first chakram is made from paua shells. The show was filmed in New Zealand. Xena was a strong female figure that exhibited strength, friendship and competence. Xena first appeared on the TV show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys but was so popular, she got her own show. The show ran from 1995 to 2001.

Why Buy Wholesale?

If you are looking for quality wholesale jewelry, paua jewelry is a cost efficient choice.

  • The shells are inspected by US Fish & Wildlife Services to ensure quality.
  • Paua is a popular choice with a natural element with vivid, iridescent color choices to fit a wide range of tastes.
  • Paua jewelry is considered semi-precious jewelry and is made with top quality jewelry components, such as genuine leather.

We have been selling since 1985, giving us a strong industry presence and time has shown paua jewelry is still a popular choice for jewelry sales, whether you have an online store, retail store or souvenir shop.

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