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Paua or blue pearls are, in my humble opinion, one of New Zealand’s most prized possessions.

Everyone knows about pounamu or greenstone, however paua pearls are another ‘gem’ found only in Aotearoa, which are lesser known internationally.

They come from the paua, or abalone Haliotis iris and are available in a variety of hues, shapes and sizes.

But what I love about them the most, is the way they seem to encapsulate everything about New Zealand.

With hues of blue, green, violet and pink, they are elegant yet strikingly beautiful.

Here is a ring I have just hand crafted – made with 18ct white gold and set with a paua pearl.

Paua Pearl Ring by Benjamin Black Goldsmiths

Paua Pearl Ring by Benjamin Black Goldsmiths

 

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