New Zealand’s three native species of paua are distinctive because of their amazing multi-coloured shells. New Zealand’s paua, (known as abalone in other countries), are all unique species of abalone found only in New Zealand. Paua are found around the coast of New Zealand in shallow water clinging to rocks. They are much more abundant, and grow larger, in the colder waters around Stewart Island and Southland. Most of the paua shell used for jewellery is from the South Island.
Ray Fransham has been designing jewellery for decades. His inspiration comes from both Maori and Pakeha influences.