Paua Shell Earrings, Swarovski Crystals Silver Beach Handmade Jewelry

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Filled with the magical colors of an aurora display, the AURORA AUSTRALIS handmade earrings are a perfect, lightweight gift for the woman who loves colorful shell earrings.  The one of a kind beauties feature genuine paua shell, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver.  Since paua shell is native only to the shores of New Zealand, the earrings were named after the southern hemisphere auroras.  The shimmering colors of the coin-shaped paua shell used in the earrings do a colorful dance just like the auroras do in the sky.  Depending on the angle of the light, you’ll see many color-shifting shades of blues, greens, purples, yellow, deep pinks and stripes of black.  The outer layer of the shell can also be seen in earthy browns and grays.  As you can see in the photos, each side of each coin is different, creating an amazing display when the earrings are worn, especially when the flash of deep pink radiates out.  Sterling silver daisy spacers cap the top and bottom of each paua shell coin. If you are interested in the Māori legend of how Paua got its shell, please follow this link:
To perfectly complement the colors of the paua shell coins, a faceted Swarovski crystal bicone sits on top.  The sparkling color is called “peridot” after the gorgeous vibrant green gemstone it’s named after.  A small sterling silver bead sits on top of each bicone.  Sterling silver French hook earwires finish the unique earrings.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the AURORA AUSTRALIS are a pair of colorful, lightweight earrings that are sure to delight any woman who receives them!      

  • Genuine paua shell coins:  app. 12 mm (0.47”)
  • Swarovski crystals:  faceted 4 mm peridot bicones
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver French hooks
  • Length:  app.1.75” / 4.5 cm measured from the top curve of the sterling earwires

 ***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the handmade AURORA AUSTRALIS paua shell earrings, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a dime.

According to the Māori, paua shell is believed to bring connectivity and harmony to relationships; the way the colors of the shell shift in the light is also a symbol of change and transition in their culture.  Even though man made, crystals (glass) are said to carry the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication.  Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us. 

The AURORA AUSTRALIS handmade earrings were carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio. They will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag with tissue, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!
***  The beautiful jewelry in my handmade shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.


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