The shellfish (haliotis iris) used by Ariki, although part of the abalone family, is unique to New Zealand's environmentally pure coastal waters. The Paua is renowned throughout the world not only for its beautiful shell but also for its edible dark, full flavoured flesh.
For many centuries the Maori people (New Zealand's indigenous race) have used the Paua shell for personal adornment and as ornamental inlay eyes for the carvings that decorated their weapons and meeting houses.
Ariki's Paua is harvested from areas renowned for their water quality, both pollution free and rich in minerals. Ariki Paua features an intense depth of colour - just one of the factors that separates the original from its imitators. The result is jewelry that truly reflects the magnificence and purity of New Zealand's environment.
Image and description courtesy of Ariki New Zealand.