Polished Pāua Pieces
New Zealand Pāua Shell (Haliotis Iris) also known as abalone in many other countries is a type of shellfish found only in New Zealand.
Known for its amazing colour and iridescence, Pāua is found throughout New Zealand. For use in jewellery and craft, BeachComber uses shells from the crisp clear waters of the South Island.
It all starts with divers gathering the shellfish. The Pāua system is strictly controlled in New Zealand with quota systems in place.
Divers may only gather the Pāua by freediving. No breathing apparatus is allowed to be used. Pāua must be 125mm in length for the majority of New Zealand.
Once the Pāua are gathered, the meat is processed and the bulk of it is exported around the world. Pāua is a delicacy enjoyed in an array of meals. In New Zealand, Pāua is enjoyed as a ‘fritter’. A pan-fried mix of Pāua, onions, flour and egg. We love this recipe
The shells are put aside for use later on and this is when the magic begins.
At BeachComber, we’ve been manufacturing products with Pāua shells for over 30 years so we know what we are doing when it comes to getting the best shells.
Take a look below at our range of shell pieces for all of your projects. We ship worldwide.