Paua shell pendant is encased in real sterling silver 92.5. We love the organic natural shape. It makes it look handmade with a non geometric setting. It is pleasing to the eye to have no sharp edges. The encased shell is real Paua. In some countries it is called abalone. In New Zealand we have an abundance of paua especially in the South Island. The colour of New Zealand paua shell is more deep and blue.
We also have this design in mother of pearl shell. It is not from New Zealand though.
Sterling silver meaning
The Paua shell pendant is made from sterling silver and features a 92.5 stamp, this means it is 92.5% fine silver with no more than 7.5% of copper or other metals. This formula is internationally accepted and it gives sterling silver the hardness and the tolerance to work with. Anything higher than 92.5 would be too soft and tarnish too quickly. When you buy sterling silver from us we can guarantee it is just that!
Sterling silver care tips
To keep your sterling silver looking its best, use a silver polishing cloth or silvo on an old rag and give it a gentle rub. This will give your jewellery back its brilliant shine! Silver will tarnish from being exposed to air but will take a good six weeks to discolour. Items that are worn constantly will take a lot longer! To preserve the shine on your silver avoid contact with ammonia, alcohol, fingernail polish remover or turpentine. ALWAYS remove sterling silver jewellery while in natural hot pools because of the high sulphur content in the water. Do not use silver dip. Dip cleaners work for the first few times but it puts a layer on the silver and can discolour stones and shell. Toothpaste is also not a good idea as it is too abrasive.
If you see the words silver plated, that means it only has a coating of sterling silver over another alloy. This will fade over time and is not able to be polished. Our sterling silver products are not plated but sterling silver all the way through– nothing but the good stuff for you!!
Take a look at our chains to complete the necklace.