Paua Shell

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    Paua is a species of abalone (Haliotis Iris), it is only found in the sea around New Zealand. This marine mollusk eats seaweed and lives clinging to rocks at depths of 1-10 meters, normally along the shoreline. There is no other shell in the world that has the colour like Paua Shell colour that varies from greens & pinks to purples & blues and even some shells with gold or crimson tonings. The colour in the paua shell changes when viewed at different angles. This iridescence, similar to that of Mother of Pearl shell, but far more brilliant, is what makes paua shell so amazing as a gem material for use in jewellery. It is truly one of nature's marvels. Each shell is different in it's colour tonings, and in the patterns within the shell. The black patterns in the shell come from layers of protein that are laid down between the layers of calcium that make up the shell. The brilliant colours are from light being refracted within the crystal layers. The same effect that the iridescent colour found in Opals.

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    1. ozlemmd 79 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Everything About The Sea, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. Thee MrObvious 79 months ago | reply

      Incredible opulence. I love the background of sand. So simply poetic.

    3. musicman67 78 months ago | reply

      Your fantastic color picture is my winner!
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    4. musicman67 78 months ago | reply

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    5. cassuccino 76 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous!!! Those colors are just jaw-dropping!! Excellent capture!! =)

    6. Gabrielle86 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Ocean life plus beaches, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. lorileai.lynn 72 months ago | reply

      simply stunning...thank you for sharing it!!

    8. Andrea [; 71 months ago | reply

      Beautiful, reminds me of a soap bubble ^_^

    9. mavi milia 70 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning!

    10. Henna tattoo By Atika 70 months ago | reply

      beautiful i have the same shell i got from thailand

    11. JUN E [deleted] 70 months ago | reply

      Amazing color, what a beauty.

    12. PAM Phạm 67 months ago | reply

      Wow!Nice!Amazing colors!

    13. natures_mathematics 67 months ago | reply

      Looks like there is extra chrome on that paua, I think!

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    14. GLYNDWR2 - 50,000+ views!!! 65 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot, captured the beauty!!

    15. clicksnappy 62 months ago | reply

      Keep sharing natures gifts.

    16. Bradley Coles 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Great photos of the decade, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. dicau58 32 months ago | reply

      wow, very creative shot !

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