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paua - tangaroa's gift

polished paua

paua, peridot, & blue chalcedony choker

compositioncalcium carbonate
name sourcenative M´┐Żori word
other accepted namessea ear, orielle de mer, abalone; haliotis iris from the Greek hals, meaning "sea" and otos, meaning "ear"
folkloric aliasessea opal
color nacre-formed iridescence
color sourcecaused by light being refracted within the crystal layers of the shell
significant sourceswaters of New Zealand
MOH scale2.5
care and treatmentPaua is a soft organic substance which can easily get scratched. Clean with a mild soap. Do not expose to harsh detergents or chemicals. Do not clean in ultra sonic jewelry cleaner.